About the UBC Aquatic Centre

Facility Features

The UBC Aquatic Centre designed for campus, community and competition services the needs of athletic training, competition, and neighbourhood leisure needs. The new facility’s natatorium can accommodate nearly 1,000 bathers, and the viewing area in the mezzanine can host up to 460 spectators.

The facility features include:

  • 25 metre recreational pool with diving boards and accessible ramp
  • 50 metre competition pool with Omega Swiss Timing System
  • Leisure pool and lazy river with accessible ramp
  • 34-person family friendly hot tub with accessibility lift
  • Steam room and sauna
  • Viewing decks and spectator areas
  • Men’s, women’s, and universal change rooms
  • Meeting room
  • Wet classroom

**The UBC Aquatic Centre uses both chlorine and UV purification

Amenities & Accessibility

UBC aims to be a barrier-free, accessible environment that is respectful among all people regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or experience. The UBC Aquatic Centre is a fully wheelchair-accessible space and offers plenty of amenities for it’s patrons including the following:

  • Locker rentals and day lockers
  • Accessible entrances with power-operated doors
  • Accessible washrooms, change rooms, and elevators
  • Accessible ramps in the 25m recreational and leisure pools
  • Aquatic lift in the hot tub
  • Universal change room for persons with attendants
  • Braille signage
  • Food and beverage kiosk

UBC Sustainability: Our water is blue, but our pool is green

The University of British Columbia is a global leader in sustainability. That’s why when the plans for the new UBC Aquatic Centre were conceived, environmental sustainability was central to the final vision for a world-class facility. While providing leading aquatic programs and services, the new UBC pool serves as a demonstration project for water-saving and water-recycling strategies. Vancouver’s temperate climate allows for millions of litres of rainwater to be collected and recycled to supply most of the water used in the building. On any given day, up to 5 cm of water evaporates from the surface of pools. The rainwater harvested from the building’s roof will be used to replenish water lost. The building will save approximately 2.7 million litres of water annually through rainwater harvesting, and almost 7,000 litres of water daily through water-efficient showerheads! To read “Making Waves With Sustainability at UBC Aquatic Centre” check out this blog post. The building is targeted to be certified LEED Gold — an achievement that shows the University as a living laboratory and agent of change. To learn more about LEED and the sustainable features of UBC Aquatic Centre, check out this blog post.

Locker information at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Interested in renting a locker? UBC Recreation has a variety of locker rental options available for rent at the Student Recreation Centre, ARC, and the UBC Aquatic Centre.

Long Term Locker Rentals

Locker Type # of terms UBC Student UBC Faculty & Staff UNA/CSC & Public
Half-height Locker 1 Term $71.50 $82.00 $97.50
Half-height Locker 2 Term $110.00 $130.00 $150.00
Rental term dates: Fall (Sep 1 – Dec 31); Winter (Jan 1 – Apr 30); Spring/summer (May 1 – Aug 31). Please note that the UBC Aquatic Centre will be closed for annual maintenance from late March through the end of April.
Only debit or credit card payment is accepted for locker rentals.

Hourly Use Lockers

Hourly use lockers are available for $0.25 or $1.00 depending on the size of the locker. Lockers are located in the Universal, Women’s and Men’s changing spaces, and have a max usage time of 3 hours.

Hourly Use Lockers Conditions

Hourly and Day use lockers are available in the Student Recreation Centre (SRC) and the UBC Aquatic Centre on a first come, first served basis. The contents of these lockers must be removed by facility closing time. Locks and/or contents will be removed from any lockers that are not cleared-out at the end of each day. The contents of the locker will be bagged and stored for 14 calendar days. Coin lockers are available in both facilities. (Note: The SRC has limited locks available at the front desk free of charge with a valid piece of photo ID.)


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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our facility? See our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your questions are still unanswered feel free to contact us.

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