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NOTICE: Annual Shutdown (Dec. 9 – Jan 3, 2019)

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the facility will be closed to the public for the Annual Maintenance Shutdown Sunday December 9, 2018 to Thursday January 3, 2019 inclusively.  This closure will permit UBC to complete regular preventative maintenance on the facility systems.

OFFICE HOURS:  Dec. 10-14, 2018.  For the week of December 10th, the first week of the Maintenance Closure, facility staff will be available during office hours to assist with you questions, program registration, locker renewals, etc.

  • Monday / Wednesday / Friday:                10am – 1pm
  • Tuesday / Thursday:                                 4:30 – 6:30pm

Note, the UBC Aquatic Centre will be open with modified hours on Friday January 4 and Saturday January 5.  The facility will be closed on Sunday January 6th for InService training with our student-staff.

Visitors are encouraged to consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-in Schedules prior to any visit.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Happy Holidays – December newsletter update

UBC Aquatic Centre - Happy Holidays - 2018

The UBC Aquatic Centre, built for “campus, community and competition”, is your pool and we thank you for your efforts to work with us to build the UBC aquatic community.

The Aquatics Team wishes you and yours the very best throughout the coming year and we look forward to seeing you at the pool again soon.

Our team prepared a December 2018 newsletter update that was distributed via email to our subscribers on Friday Dec. 7.  Click the link below to view the online version of this newsletter. (To register to receive future editions of our emails click here.)

Your pool, your community…

Season’s greetings from the aqua fitness team at the UBC Aquatic Centre!

Among the user groups regularly at the pool, there is a group of seniors committed to regular participation. Some daily, some twice per week, some simply show up when they can! They are a supportive, active and friendly group who participate in multiple aqua fitness classes each week. To celebrate this group of committed seniors, the UBC Aquatic Centre hosts a social on the third Thursday of each month – a tradition that was started years ago in the former UBC Aquatic Centre, and which we are proudly carrying on in our new facility.

To all of our seniors: Thank you for an amazing 2018 and your continued support of the UBC Aquatic Centre.

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a community amenity that services students, staff, faculty and residents in Point Grey.

Free Week at the UBC Aquatic Centre | January 7-13, 2019

Join us for free programming all week!

Aqua Fitness Class Schedule


 

Aqua Bootcamp | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Challenge your fitness level and improve your cardio conditioning alternating with strength, balance, and core training segments while exercising in shallow water. This class features interval training, power and propulsive moves to challenge you without the stress on the joints. This is a higher intensity Aqua Fitness class.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Aqua Zumba | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Aqua Zumba is a high energy, calorie burning aqua fitness class and easy to follow exercise moves performed in shallow water to Latin music. The music and the exercise will keep you coming back for more. Get energized! Registration is required; no drop-in admission available.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Circuit Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Personalize your workout by going at your own pace in this class in shallow water. You will spend 1 minute at each station working different major muscle groups. This is a complete body workout & suitable for all fitness levels and swim levels.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class.

Deep Water Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this deep-water workout.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Deep to the Core | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

This class has no impact on your joints, but it has an enormous impact on your cardiovascular system and core strength with the help of the resistance in the water! Equipment and a selection of core exercises will be used to enhance strength training and core strengthening. Floatation belts will be provided, or try exercising without the belt for a greater emphasis on core and cardiovascular conditioning. Participants must be comfortable in deep water.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Get Wet & Sweat | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

A combination of shallow and deep water classes that focus on cardio endurance, core stabilization, strength, balance, and flexibility. You choose the depth and take it to your own personal level of exertion! Participants of all ages and levels of fitness are welcome.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


High Energy Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Shallow water exercise to get your morning started right! This low impact, high energy challenge will improve cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and core muscles.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class takes place in the Recreation Pool.

Hydro Board Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Hydro Board Fitness is a specialized Aqua Fitness class performed on floating Stand-Up Boards/Mats. Participants will work through a number of different routines while maintaining balance on Hydro Boards and constantly working their core. Get energized and don’t fall in!

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool.


Hydro Board Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Hydro Board Yoga is a specialized Aqua Fitness class performed on floating Stand-Up Boards/Mats. Strengthen your core muscles, find your ‘balance’ between mind, body, and soul through this Yoga class. All skill levels welcome and encouraged to practice at their own pace.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Parent and Baby Aquafit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Fitness and fun for the parent and baby! Ease back into fitness and introduce your baby to the water. Your aquafit instructor will lead you through 45 minutes of cardio and muscular endurance while incorporating your baby in movements to the sound of music. Infants should be at least 6 months old.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness offered in the Leisure Pool.


Seniors Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Shallow Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Performed in chest-depth water with music to get you motivated and moving. Class includes muscular strength and endurance, core stability, flexibility, and more.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

 

Aqua Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Rekindle the connection between Mind, Body and Soul to the water in this warm-water Yoga class. Loosen muscles and joints, increase flexibility and improve balance through hydrostatic pressure and breathing techniques. Taught by a certified Yoga instructor.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

River Walking | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Walking against a gentle current in the warm lazy river is even better. This form of exercise is ideal for individuals with disabilities, neuromuscular or heart disease, injuries or joint replacements. This low-impact workout is easy on the joints while the water’s resistance develops muscular and core strength, balance and conditioning. All fitness levels can participate.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.


Aqua Therapy | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Aquatic therapy exercises are performed in the warmer water. Aqua therapy can be beneficial in treating a variety of medical conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, stroke recovery, diabetes, osteoporosis, joint pain and sports injuries. Water resistance is a gentle, but effective strengthening tool, ideal for recovery. The focus will be on low and non-weight bearing activities, mobility, easy stretching for joint flexibility and mild resistance exercises.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Fit4Two Prenatal Program | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Exercising in the water is refreshing and rejuvenating during pregnancy and following birth.  All Fit4Two instructors are certified Pre and Post natal fitness specialists and follow the guidelines of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). Par-Med-X for Pregnancy from must be signed by your health care provider (physician or midwife) prior to you participating in class. This form can be downloaded at www.fit4two.ca. Registration is required; no drop in admission available.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

 

Coached Express Workout | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Get fit during your lunch break! Improve your swim strokes and endurance through interval training and stroke drills. Great for triathletes, masters and recreational swimmers. A coach will provide training workouts, stroke correction and development instruction, breathing, flip turn and racing start techniques. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Competition Pool.

Swim Fit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Improve skills and endurance through distance swimming, stroke correction, and interval training. This coached-supervised program is great for the recreational swimmer who would like to improve strength, endurance, and cardiovascular training.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Competition Pool.


UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

Thursday, January 17 from 5:00pm-7:00pm
Enjoy a free public swim, learn from the experts about the different programming available, and enter to win some prizes!

Highlights
  • Dry activities for those who just want to stop by and check out the space
  • In-water activities for those who bring their swim suits & towel
  • The Wibit Inflatable Obstacle Course will be set up from 5:30-6:30PM
  • Entry to the pool will be free during the open house


Additional Free Opportunities during Free Week

Staff & Faculty Free Swim | Mon Jan 7 from 11:30am – 1:30pm

UBC Staff & Faculty are welcome to come and swim for free! Simply stop by with your staff ID card and enjoy a lunchtime swim, soak, or sauna break (Or all three!).

Intro to CPR Workshop | Tue Jan 8 from 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Receive hands-on CPR & AED training so you have the tools you need to respond in the event of an emergency.

Swim to Survive (Adult) | Wed Jan 9 from 4:30pm – 5:00pm

Learn how to stay safe on the water and how to do a self-rescue. You’ll leave this 30-minute program with a Swim to Survive certificate of completion.

Swim to Survive (Ages 8+) | Sat Jan 12 from 1:30pm – 2:00pm & 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Learn how your family can stay safe on the water, how to properly fit a life jacket, and how to do a self-rescue. You’ll leave this 30-minute program with a Swim to Survive certificate of completion and a temporary tattoo!

Spring Break Camps: Registration Opens Dec. 1

Patiently waiting for Spring Break Camp Registration to open tomorrow? Us too! It is anticipated that ALL camps will fill so we highly suggest registering early!

If you need any assistance our colleagues at UBC Camps will be back in the office on Monday!

For those keenly awaiting registration for Summer 2019, you are invited to mark your calendars for Friday February 1, 2019.

Steam & Stretch the Exam Stress Away!

Soak & Steam in the UBC Aquatic Centre
UBC Students are invited to join us for our free Steam & Stretch programs at the UBC Aquatic Centre. Students will enjoy a guided stretch in our Sauna focusing on back relaxation and shoulder mobility. They will then move to the Steam Room for a quick guided meditation where they will exhale out their worries and stress. Students will finish their experience with stretching in the hot tub. Unwind, relax and refresh your mind and body.

Taking a break from sedentary activities like studying and incorporating movement and meditation have been shown to improve physical and mental wellbeing. The UBC Aquatic Centre is committed to supporting the wellbeing of the UBC community with free programs like this. If you have any feedback or ideas please reach out at aquatic.centre@ubc.ca.

No swimming experience necessary. The hot tub is a shallow depth (0.9m). Bathing suit required.

Event Details

When?
  • Tuesday December 4 from 7:30pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday December 6 from 12:00pm-12:30pm
  • Thursday December 6 from 12:30pm-12:55pm
Where?

Check-in at the front desk of the UBC Aquatic Centre with a valid UBC Student ID card.


NOTE: This event has a capacity of 10 individuals and participants will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis. In the event that we do run out of space in the program, UBC Students with a valid ID card do get free entry to the facility and can enjoy the hot tub, steam room, and sauna outside of the guided program.

UBC Aquatic Ctr Ranked #1 in Canada

Chatelaine magazine showcased the “10 of the Best Indoor Pools in Canada” through their November 28 post online and listed the UBC Aquatic Centre as #1.   Thank you Chatelaine!

Online article

Consultation: MacInnes Field Upgrades

As many will recall, the new UBC Aquatic Centre was built on the site of MacInnes Field. The plan through the development phase of the North Precinct was to relocate a new MacInnes Field on the site of the former UBC Aquatic Centre – a literal swap of space.

As shared in September of 2017, construction of the single-level underground parkade will provide short-term parking for 216 vehicles (more information here) and with this project well in-hand, UBC Campus & Community Planning is now engaging the community on the development of MacInnes Field.

The new site will be an articficial turf field over the MacInnes Field Parkade.  The field will be used for both recreational and athletic purposes.   This project also provides for the reinstatement of adjacent public realm connections around the field, AMS Student Nest, and Athletes Way adjacent the UBC Aquatic Centre to the east, and between Student Union Boulevard (north) and University Boulevard (south).

Should you have missed being part of the process up until now, it is not too late as the Public Comment Period remains open until December 4, 2018.

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are encouraged to be part of the process to shape our community.