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Latest Aquatic Centre News

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.

Free Week at the UBC Aquatic Centre | Sept 10-16, 2018

Join us for free programming all week!

Free Aqua Fitness Classes

Drop-In Swim and Drop-In Fitness Class Descriptions

Drop-in Aqua Fitness Classes are included with admission, a membership pass, or free with a valid UBC Student card. Purchase a membership pass to access the best rates.

Public Swim time is open to all ages. All children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult or youth, at least 16 years of age, responsible for the direct supervision of the child and actively swimming within arm’s reach at all times.

Length Swim is for lap swim only and open to the general public. All public participants must use these lanes for active exercise and abide by the slow, medium, and fast lanes signs. The facility rules for children 7 and under still apply – see the Public Swim tab for more details.

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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.

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

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.

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this deep-water workout. This class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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 class is offered in the Leisure Pool.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

Specialty Aqua Fitness Class Descriptions

To participate in these programs you can pay a drop-in fee (listed below) or register for the best rate.

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 class is offered in the Leisure Pool.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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 class is offered in the Competition Pool.

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 class is offered in the Recreation Pool.

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.

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 class is offered in the Competition Pool.

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!

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

Thursday, September 13 from 11:30am-2:00pm
Enjoy a free public swim, some sampler aqua fitness classes, and enter to win some prizes!

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

  • Complimentary coffee and treats in the lobby
  • Free entrance to the aquatic centre for the duration of the open house.
  • Try out our Hydro Board Aqua Fitness class, take a dive off the diving boards, participate in a complimentary shallow water aqua fitness class, and more!
  • Contests! Enter to win a 1-month membership, Hydro Board class for two, or a swim merchandise package.

Student Try-It Nights

Interested in learning more or trying out any of the following clubs or leagues on campus? Come for the Try-It Nights during Free Week!

AMS Triathlon Club Try-It Night | Mon Sep 10 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Interested in competing in Triathlons? All levels welcome.

UBC Thunderbirds Synchronized Swimming Sport Club Try-It Night | Mon Sep 10 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Interested in Synchronized Swimming? Whether you’ve been swimming for years or never tried synchro before, everyone is welcome at UBC Synchro Sport Club’s try-it night! Drop by learn more, meet the coaches and current athletes, and get in the water! Be ready to get in the water on the pool deck at 8:30!
Equipment needed: Just bring yourself and your swim suit! Swim cap, goggles, and nose-clip are recommended.

Intramural Inner Tube Water Polo Try-It Night | Tues Sep 11 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm

New for Fall 2018 we’ve started an Inner Tube Water Polo League! No experience required, try out this fun sport with your friends before the registration deadline on September 18th.
Equipment needed: Bring your swim suit and student ID card.

AMS Underwater Hockey Club Try-It Night | Tues Sep 11 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Interested in playing underwater hockey? All levels welcome.

AMS Water Polo Club Try-It Night | Tues Sep 11 from 8:30pm – 10:00pm

Interested in playing water polo? All levels welcome.

AMS Swim Club Try-It Night | Thur Sep 13 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Interested in being a part of a Swim Club? All levels welcome.

CLOSURE NOTICE: Sunday Sept. 9

Patrons of the UBC Aquatic Centre are reminded that the facility will be closed on Sunday September 9 so as to facilitate In-Service staff training for the 125+ student-staff who work at the facility.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

We will return to our regularly scheduled programming Monday September 10. Visitors are encouraged to consult the facility website and Drop-in Schedule prior to any visit.