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Latest Aquatic Centre News

NOTICE: “Cool” water (Feb. 21-22)

DES Service Interruption: Crews with UBC’s Building Operations Department are required to complete a timely repair to the District Energy System (DES) that provides the hot water servicing a number of buildings within the North Precinct of UBC’s Point Grey Campus.

As a result, users of the UBC Aquatic Centre are invited to make note of the following:

  • Showers:  water temperature will be cooler than normal (15h00 Friday February 21 through to 13h00 Saturday Feb. 22)
  • Basin water temperatureswater temperatures in the pool basins may be a bit cooler than normal (approx. 1 degree C) for Sat. Feb. 22.
  • Hot Tub:  will not be at normal operating temperatures.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.

No Swimming Lessons During UBC Reading Week

Reading Week (February 18-21 inclusive) is an opportunity for our student staff to study, work on projects, go home to see family, or go on vacation. This much needed break happens every February. We do not schedule swimming lessons during this week, as a way to support our hard working student staff team!  Program registrants can find lesson exclusion dates online, and on one’s receipt. You can also double-check with your instructor, or contact the UBC Aquatic Centre, where we are readily available to answer your questions. The UBC Aquatic Centre remains open during UBC Reading Week, so we hope you will jump in for a swim! Guests are reminded to consult the drop in schedule for public swim times.

UBC Camps: Join us for camps this summer!

The staff teams at the UBC Aquatic Centre working with UBC Camps are keen to host your child(ren) this summer for Summer Camps.

Whereas registration opens on February on Monday February 3rd (12pm), the programming information is available on-line now:



Public Consultation: New Recreation Centre and Upgrades to Student Union Boulevard

Public open house:

Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
UBC Life Building, 6138 Student Union Blvd (map)

Provide your input online or in person | February 10-24, 2020

Full details

UBC Researchers Leverage UBC Aquatic Centre In Support of Global Knowledge

Whereas most visit the UBC Aquatic Centre to swim, soak, float and/or play, there were some UBC researchers who, over the past weeks, have been diving deep without getting wet.

UBC’s Maryam Baksh, Forbes Choy and Chris Jing are collaborating with TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator, on a capstone project to support the measurement of neutrinos. More specifically, the team is developing a new photogrammetry procedure to pinpoint the position of photosensors which, they hope, will help remove any confusion that arises from imagery captured by detectors used to measure neutrinos – for sake of simplicity we are referring to it as “Super-K”.

On-site at the UBC Aquatic Centre this translated to in-water activities testing different camera technology – fixed and drone (ROV). The in-water activities in January were preceded by in-basin activities in December when the 25M Recreation tank was empty for the UBC Aquatic Centre preventative maintenance closure.

More information – presentation slides available here

Get in the water! Parent/Guardian Discount

Get in the water when your child is in lessons!

As a parent / guardian, you can enjoy a discounted drop-in rate of $3.50 when your child is in swimming lessons to spend time in the drop-in swim areas, steam room, sauna, and access to the amenities that are open during the time of your child’s lesson. (Regular drop-in rate is $6.75). Present yourself at the front desk with your registered child to receive your discounted rate!

Research shows that active role modeling by parents reinforcing their own commitment to wellness, active living, and recreation greatly improves the chances that a child will remain active throughout their lifetime.

Reminder:  Registration for swim lesson programming provides access to the facility for the designated date(s)/times(s) of the lesson(s), and only for the registered participant(s). Should you and/or your child(ren) wish to swim prior to, and/or following, the swim lesson times you are asked to purchase a facility entry (ie: drop-in fee) from the front operations desk.

Holiday Hours Family Day Weekend

Saturday February 15: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Regular Hours)
Sunday February 16: 8:00am – 9:00pm (Regular Hours)
Monday February 17: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Reminder: There are no lessons scheduled to run Sat Feb 15th, Sun Feb 16th & Mon Feb 17th.

UBC TSC to host CUASL (Cdn Univ. Artistic Swimming League) National Champs

From the Canadian University Artistic Swimming League. 

We are excited to announce that The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds Artistic (Synchronized) Swimming Team will be hosting the CUASL (Canadian University Artistic Swimming League) National Championships February 14th-16th 2020. The event will be held at the new UBC Aquatic Center at the University’s Vancouver Campus.

The UBC Thunderbirds Team previously hosted the 2016 Canadian University Synchronized Swimming League Nationals in Richmond, BC. This will be the second time the Thunderbirds host a University Artistic Swimming competition in their new pool. They previously hosted the Western Canadian Championships there in 2018.

The team, which secured 4 bronze medals and 1 silver at the 2019 Nationals in Ottawa, ON, is excited to host at their beautiful home pool. The Canadian University Artistic Swimming League is excited to bring University Synchro back out to the West Coast in the 2019-2020 season.

Closure Notice: The 50M competition pool at the UBC Aquatic Centre will be closed all day February 14 – 16 to support this event.

The event is still looking for volunteers! If you are able to help out, please head to this link – VOLUNTEER SIGN UP.


UBC Thunderbird Sport Club – Artistic Swimming