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Latest Aquatic Centre News

NOTICE: Annual Shutdown (Dec, 9 2019 – Jan 5, 2020)

Guests of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the facility is currently closed to the public for the Annual Maintenance Shutdown Sunday December 9, 2019 to Sunday January 5th, 2020 inclusively.  This closure will permit UBC to complete regular preventative maintenance on the facility systems.

OFFICE HOURS:  Dec. 9-12, 2019.  For the week of December 9th, 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 / Thursday:                3:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday / Wednesday:           9:00am – 12:00pm

Note, the UBC Aquatic Centre will be open on Monday January 6, 2020.  The facility will be closed on Sunday January 5th 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.

Winter Program Registration Now Open!

Get ready for Winter programs! Registration is now open!


UBC Thunderbirds Sport Clubs (TSC) are, Athletics and Recreation’s newest competitive option for UBC student athletes. Many teams compete throughout the winter – keep up to date on their accomplishments!


  • View the Online Schedule
    • Basketball
    • Badminton
    • Futsal
    • Volleyball
    • Wheelchair Basketball
    • Cricket
    • Table Tennis
    • Lacrosse
    • Quidditch

Swimmers recognized at All-Canadian Breakfast

Excellence in the classroom and the laboratory by UBC student-athletes was once again celebrated Monday morning at the 2018-19 Academic All-Canadian Breakfast where 139 Thunderbirds were honoured at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.  Each of the 139 had achieved a minimum academic standing of 80% during the 2018-19 school year. Eight (8) members of the UBC Varsity Swimming Programs were among those recognized (only five were available to be at the breakfast).

UBC President & Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono addressed the crowd which also featured deans, varsity athletics staff, and alumni, all on hand to help honour the amazing student-athletes and their academic excellence.  UBC Head Coach (interim) Derrick Schoof,  SNC HPC-Vancouver Nat’l Team Coach Tom Johnson, UBC Alumni Ian Robertson, and UBC Aquatic Centre Sr. Mgr. Stephane Delisle were among those on-site to recognize the athletes.

Academic All-Canadians have been recognized by U SPORTS since 1988. 16 years ago, UBC began applying that standard to all varsity athletes and the annual All-Canadian breakfast has been held ever since.

FULL ARTICLE – via GoThunderbirds.ca

‘Birds win 7th straight CanWest titles in dramatic fashion

SWIMMING:  For the seventh consecutive year, the UBC Thunderbirds are Canada West men’s and women’s swimming champions, but it wasn’t without a dramatic finish in the men’s standings to earn the ‘Birds a record tying 20th conference crown.

FULL ARTICLE – via GoThunderbirds.ca 


Transit Operator’s Strike

Coast Mountain Bus Company transit workers and SeaBus operators have escalated job action. On Nov. 20, the union announced it will initiate a complete bus and SeaBus system shutdown across Metro Vancouver Nov. 27, 28 and 29 unless a deal can be reached before then.  A ban on overtime operations remains scheduled for Nov. 22.

Although strike action is ongoing, the university is operating as normal. Academic classes are proceeding and faculty and staff are expected to attend work. However, you are advised to plan ahead and look at TransLink updates for disruptions to your bus route and make other travel plans if necessary.

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a community amenity servicing students, faculty, staff, and community residents. Full-time professional and part-time student-staff are planning to attend work. That said, should their be any schedule or program changes due to lack of student-staff we will be communicating these via the facility website. Please be sure to consult the website and the Drop-In schedules prior to any visit.

It is also important to note this current action does not apply to services operated by BCRTC (SkyTrain), West Vancouver Transit, West Coast Express, HandyDART and First Transit (shuttles on Bowen Island and in Langley).

Further updates will be posted to ubc.ca and shared over social media in the coming days.

NOTICE: Water Wars (Thurs. Nov. 14)

Users of the UBC Aquatic Centre are to be advised that the facility will be closed to the public as of 5pm on Thursday November 14 so as to facilitate UBC REC Intramurals hosting of WATER WARS.

Patrons are invited to consult the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-in Schedules prior to any visit.

Remembrance Day Operating Hours

In recognition of Remembrance Day, and it being a statutory holiday in British Columbia, the UBC Aquatic Centre will be opened for shortened operating hours of 12noon – 4pm for Monday November 11, 2019.
All patrons are advised to consult the facility website and Drop-in Schedules prior to any visit.

Remembrance Day at UBC:  UBC has a tradition of hosting Remembrance Day activities right next door at War Memorial Gym.
Full details here.

Lest we forget.

UBC hosts record-breaking swim meet

The UBC Aquatic Centre was proud host venue for the 2019 Odlum Brown Colleges Cup – Pacific. This event brings together the best varsity swimming programs in western Canada and the action this year did not disappoint with eleven meet records broken during the weekend. The UBC Varsity Thunderbirds Swimming Programs capitalized on the ‘home pool’ advantage in a thrilling finish with UBC defending their titles. The T-Bird women’s team edged the University of Calgary Dinos by 31 points to claim top spot with 1,040 points while the Team WEST all-star squad finished third with 833.5 points. On the men’s side, UBC (1,031) swam to victory over the Dinos (869.5) with the University of Victoria Vikes (716) rounding out the top three.

Full details – via GoThunderbirds.ca