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Latest Aquatic Centre News

Schedule change: Inflatable as of 1pm Saturday

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the Wibit inflatable obstacle course will be available after 1pm on Saturday September 21 – this is a change from the regularly scheduled start time of 12 noon on Saturdays. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Visitors are reminded to consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-In Schedule prior to any visit.

#Thanks Coach: Nat’l Coaches Week (Sept. 22-30)

September 22-30, 2018 is National Coaches Week, a time to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying #ThanksCoach. With events held across the country to celebrate coaching, National Coaches Week provides coaches with the

recognition they deserve for the time they devote to ensuring Canadians live an active, healthy lifestyle.

The UBC Aquatic Centre would like to acknowledge the coaches of the UBC Varsity Swimming Programs – Steve Price and Derrick Schoof, the coaches of Swimming Canada’s High Performance Centre – Vancouver – Tom Johnson and Ben Keast, the coaches affiliated with VPSC (Vancouver Pacific Swim Club) and our very own facility staff involved in coaching and instruction each week.

Stay up to date with everything related to National Coaches Week by visiting www.coach.ca/nationalcoachesweek and by following along on Facebook and Twitter using #CoachesWeek and #ThanksCoach.

viaSport British Columbia is running a contest as part of this year’s National Coaches Week.
Full details here.


Best of luck Yuri!

After three dominant seasons with the UBC Thunderbirds men’s swimming program, Yuri Kisil has decided to put school on hold in order to turn pro and focus solely on his preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 22-year-old from Calgary, ALTA who specializes in the 50m and 100m freestyle is heading east to Toronto where he’ll join the RBC High Performance Centre – Ontario (HPC-Van) and train under the tutelage of coach Ben Titley. Kisil who’s appropriately nicknamed “the missile” will be looking to add to an already decorated international resume after making a huge impact at the U SPORTS level over three seasons with the storied T-Birds swimming program.

Full article via GoThunderbirds.ca

Schedule Change: Friday September 14

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that there has been a scheduling change. The front doors will close tonight at 8:00pm and the facility will be closing at 8:30pm.

The facility Drop-in Schedule has been updated accordingly. Visitors are reminded to consult the website prior to any visit.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.


UBC Helping Hearts (CPR & AED Training: Oct. 4)

In Canada, someone has a cardiac arrest every 13 minutes. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, the use of CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the first few minutes can more than double someone’s chances of survival.

Join us for 30 minute CPR and AED training sessions from 5-8pm on October 4, 2018 hosted by Heart & Stroke and supported by BC Emergency Health Services and UBC.

Training sessions are FREE and will be taking place in The Great Hall, in the AMS Student Nest.

Use the registration link to secure your time: http://bit.ly/helpingheartsubc

Fall 2018 newsletter : Stay informed…

There is so very much happening at the UBC Aquatic Centre this year.  Those who opted-in to receive updates from us via the UBC Recreation newsletter received the Fall 2018 newsletter last week directly to their inbox.  Fear not if you did not receive it – the Fall 2018 newsletter can be found online here.

Be sure to update your profile, or register, to receive updates directly to your inbox.  The UBC Aquatic Centre generally distributes 3-4 major updates per calendar year.

NOTICE: Schedule Adjustments – Swim Lessons

Lesson registrants are to be advised that due to last minute changes to student-staff academic schedules and availability, the following classes are cancelled for today only. They will begin as noted below:

First class to be held on WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH

  • 4:00pm Swim Kids 1 (76693)
  • 4:00pm Swim Kids 6 (76785)
  • 5:00pm Sunfish (76652)
  • 5:00pm Swim Kids 3 (76736)
  • 5:30pm Youth 100 (77116)
  • 5:30pm Semi-Private (76469)
  • 6:00pm Swim Kids 5/6 (76772/76789)

First class to be held on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

  • 7:00pm Monday only Private Lesson (77124)

The UBC Aquatic Centre apologizes for the inconvenience this causes. Refunds for the value of the cancelled class will be issued by the end of this week (note: a reminder that the processing of refunds may take some time).

“Your Passport to Wellbeing” UNA

UBC Recreation has partnered with the University Neighbourhood Association (UNA) and other campus agencies to support the development and implementation of a new initiative for UNA seniors – Your Passport to Wellbeing.

This is a FREE 12-week program consisting of 50+ activities for seniors to improve their physical strength, mental health and social wellbeing. Anyone 55 and over is welcome to participate. The project will start on September 15th with a welcome party – all UNA seniors are invited to join. Programmed activities will start from the week of September 17th until the week of December 2nd, with a wrap up party on December 8th. The program activities will take place all across campus – with many at Wesbrook and the Old Barn Community Centre, others will be in our partners facilities, including UBC Aquatic Centre, Osborne Centre, UBC Botanical Garden, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, and TRIUMF.

The UBC Aquatic Centre will be supporting the program by hosting sessions on the following dates:

  • October 12: Shallow Water Aqua
  • October 25: Seniors Fitness
  • November 5: Seniors Fitness

Your Passport to Wellbeing is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada under its New Horizons for Seniors Program.

For all program details see Your Passport to Wellbeing or contact the UNA.