UBC Aquatic Centre Free Week Activities

Free Week at the UBC Aquatic Centre

September 9-15, 2019

Come check out everything that the UBC Aquatic Centre has to offer! There will be games, snacks, and much more! The UBC Aquatic Centre is running free aqua fitness, therapy, and performance classes all week.  During the UBC Aquatic Centre Open House (Thursday Sept. 12th, 5-7pm) you can drop in for a free swim or UBC Students can participate in AMS & Thunderbird Sport Club (TSC) Club Try-It Nights. (Note: Regular admission fees apply outside of the designated Free Week programs.)

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Free Aqua Fitness, Therapy, and Performance Classes Running all Week!

All classes on this schedule from September 9-15, 2019 are completely free! Simply show up 15-minutes prior to each class with your swim suit, googles (optional), and a loonie or quarter for a locker, and check-in with the Operations Desk.


Aqua Bootcamp | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Aqua Tabata | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Based on the Tabata Protcol: A 4 Minute High Intenisty Workout made up of eight sets of 20 seconds high intensity moves followed by 10 seconds of recovery time. This program will increase your aerobic fitness and is one of our best calorie-burning classes. Get fit, de-stress and be prepared for one of the best water-workouts of your life!

This is a Drop-in class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Aqua Zumba | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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! Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Aqua Zumba rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deep Water Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, and flexibility with this no-impact, deep-water workout. Participants should be comfortable in deeper water but flotation belts are provided for each person.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Deep to the Core | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Flotation 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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Fit4Two Prenatal Program | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Get Wet & Sweat | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

High Energy Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Shallow water exercise to get your morning started right! This low impact, high energy challenge will improve cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and core muscles.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class takes place in the Recreation Pool.


Hydro Board Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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! Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Hydro Board rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hydro Board Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Hydro Board rate.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Recreation Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Parent and Baby Aquafit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 will safely sit in a floating mesh turtle next to the caregiver. Infants should be at least 4 months old or be able to easily support their heads.

This is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class is offered in the Leisure Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seniors Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Mild stretching, relaxation, balance, and core exercises on the pool deck, followed by 30 minutes of shallow water exercise performed to music. One of the best ways to stay healthy without impacting your joints!

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.


Shallow Aqua Fitness | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Performed in chest-depth water with music to get you motivated and moving. This is our most popular type of Aquafitness class and for all demographics and fitness levels. Class includes muscular strength and endurance, core stability, flexibility, and more.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Recreation Pool.

Water Running | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Join a coached water running class! This class is performed in both shallow and deep water. Participants will wear floatation belts for upright running and floatation. This class is low impact, great for exercise, resistance training and endurance.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Aqua Yoga | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Aqua Therapy | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is a Specialty Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


River Walking | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 is also a class that helps build balance and stability for the winter months. 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 is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Leisure Pool.

Steam & Stretch | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

Enjoy a guided stretch in our sauna focusing on back relaxation and shoulder mobility. They will then move to the steam room for a quick guided meditation where they will exhale out their worries and stress. The class will finish with stretching in the hot tub. Unwind, relax and refresh your mind and body.

No swimming experience necessary. The hot tub is a shallow depth (0.9m). Bathing suit required.

This is a Drop-In Aqua Fitness class offered in the Steam Room, Sauna, and Hot Tub.

Coached Express Workout | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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 UBC Varsity swimmer will coach and provide training workouts, stroke correction and development instruction, breathing, flip turn and racing start techniques. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Coached Express rate.

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Swim Fit | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

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. Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 50m. Register at a discounted rate or drop-in at our regular specialty Swim Fit rate.

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool. Register for a series of classes for the best rate (See "Rates and Prices" section below). Drop-in participation is possible, however, based on availability, and on a first-come, first-served basis.


Performance Private Classes | Aqua Fitness at the UBC Aquatic Centre

These one-hour high-end private classes are coached by NCCP level coaches including UBC’s Derrick Schoof. These one-on-one classes are created on-demand to fit your (or your youth’s) busy schedule. Classes are designed for recreational, masters, triathlete and provincial level swimmers Classes focus on technique, stroke correction, speed, and include video feedback.

This is a Specialty class offered in the Competition Pool. For registration or information please contact adrian.greszata@ubc.ca

Adult Swim Club | Performance Swim Program at the UBC Aquatic Centre

If you are a recreational swimmer, masters swimmer, or a triathlete, this program is for you. Leverage experienced coaches for an after-work coached session, and priority access to morning and midday training times. Limited spots available to maximize participant experience within the allocated training space and times. Join this training group and not only is your swimming likely to improve but you’re also likely to become inspired by those around you.

This is a registered program offered in the 50M Competition Pool.



UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

UBC Aquatic Centre Open House

Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come check out everything that the UBC Aquatic Centre has to offer! There will be games, snacks, and much more! Be sure to bring your swim suit,
a towel, and a loonie or quarter for a locker if you want to get in the water, or simply drop-in for snacks and information in the lobby. We’ll also be hosting a lesson info session and running free swim assessments. Entry to the pool will be free during the open house.

Highlights
  • Spin wheel for prizes and a craft table in the lobby
  • A lesson info session in the viewing area & free swim assessments for those who want to get in the water
  • Information about all of our programs from fitness, to performance, to lessons – and everything in between!
  • In-water activities for those who bring their swim suits & towel
  • Sample Hydro Board Fitness classes
  • The Wibit Inflatable Obstacle Course will be set up from 5:30-6:30PM



Free Swims for Staff & Faculty

Free Swims for UBC Staff & Faculty

UBC Staff and Faculty with a valid staff ID card can take advantage of free lunch-time swims! You can come swim lengths, relax in the hot tub or sauna, or take a drop-in aqua fitness or therapy class! There are plenty of options to choose from. These times are free during free week, but will be toonie swims for the rest of the fall! Check the drop-in calendar for all future times.

Free Week UBC Staff & Faculty Free Swims
  • Monday September 9, 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Friday September 13, 2019 from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm


Student Group Try-It Nights

Various clubs and teams that use the UBC Aquatic Centre to practice and train will be offering free opportunities to try their sport during Free Week! You can contact each of the teams individually for more details or just drop-by during their session!

Artistic Swimming Try-It Night with UBC TSC

Monday September 9, 2019 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Try Artistic Swimming with the UBC Thunderbirds Artistic Swimming Sport Club. This team represents UBC and competes across the country in the sport of artistic swimming. For more information you can reach out directly to the team at artisticswimming.sc@ubc.ca

Underwater Hockey Try-It Night with UBC AMS Underwater Hockey Club

Tuesday September 10, 2019 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Try Underwater Hockey with the UBC AMS Underwater Hockey Club. For more information you can reach out directly to the team at uwh.ubc@gmail.com

Swim Club Try-It Night with UBC AMS Swim Club

Tuesday September 10, 2019 from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Swim with the UBC AMS Swim Club. Learn more about the club and meet others involved. For more information you can reach out directly to the team at swimclub.ubc@gmail.com

Triathlon Try-It Night with UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club and UBC AMS Triathlon Club

Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Come meet and swim with members from both the UBC Thunderbirds Triathlon Sport Club which represents UBC and competes across Canada and the US, as well as the AMS Triathlon Club. Learn more about the clubs and meet others involved. For more information you can reach out directly to the TSC team at triathlon.sc@ubc.ca and the AMS team at ubctriathlon@gmail.com.

Water Polo Try-It Night with UBC AMS Water Polo Club

Thursday September 12, 2019 from 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Try out or learn to play water polo with the UBC AMS Water Polo Club. Learn more about the club and meet others involved. For more information you can reach out directly to the team at ubcpolo@gmail.com