New UBC Aquatic Centre: What You Need to Know

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  1. Drop-In Schedules
  2. Rates and Memberships
  3. Plan Your Visit
  4. Locker Information
  5. Aquatics Programs, Lessons, and Camps
  6. Accessibility
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
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Facility Features

The UBC Aquatic Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that serves 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.


Drop-In Schedules for the new UBC Aquatic Centre

Our Aquatic Centre has three separate tanks that can accomodate a variety of programming options:

  • Leisure Pool and Hot Tub: The Leisure pool includes a lazy river and is accessible by a ramp. The Hot tub is accessible via a lift.
  • Recreation Pool: The Recreation pool is 25m by 25m, contains 2 diving boards, and is accessible via ramp.
  • Competition Pool: The Competition pool is 50m by 25m and is accessible via lift.

Public Swim Schedules


Drop-In Swim 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.

Staff and Faculty $2 Swim includes length swim for lap swimming only, and access to the steam room, sauna and hot tub areas. To participate, simply show your current UBC staff ID card at the front desk. All participants using the length swim lanes must use the lanes for active exercise, and abide by the slow, medium, and fast lanes signs.

Come test your aquatic racing skills on our inflatable obstacle course! Most often set up on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (pending availability), please check the drop-in calendar for available times. The Wibit is set up in the competition pool area which is located in deep water. For safety reasons, all participants wanting to race will need to complete a swim test.

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.

Members Only Training Time is length swims in the competition pool alongside our High Performance teams. Most often it is in the early morning weekdays, check the drop-in calendar for available times. During this time the competition pool is a high performance environment so we ask all members who are participating in this program to use the lanes for swim training purposes only. No slow/medium lanes or water running space is available. Please check in with the front desk prior to entering the pool to receive a training program wristband.

Aqua Fitness Descriptions

The UBC Aquatic Centre offers fitness, therapy, and performance Aqua Fitness classes. For a list of all classes and their descriptions visit the Aqua Fitness page.


Drop-In Rates & Memberships

A regular drop-in includes access to all pools open for drop-in during the time of your visit, drop-in fitness classes (excluding specialty fitness classes), access to the change rooms and amenities, as well as the steam room and sauna.

Child
(3-12 Years)1
Child UNA/CSC
(3-12 Years)1
Youth
(13-18 Years)
Youth UNA/CSC
(13-18 Years)
UBC Student2 UBC Faculty, Staff, or Alum Adult Public (19+) Adult Public UNA/CSC (19+) Senior (65+) Senior UNA/CSC (65+) Family Rate (Per Person)3 Family Rate UNA/CSC (Per Person)3
Single Drop-In (Peak Hours) $3.75 $3.25 $5.00 $4.50 FREE $6.25 $6.75 $5.75 $4.25 $3.50 $4.50 $4.00
Single Drop-In (Non-Peak Hours)4 $3.00 $2.75 $4.50 $4.25 FREE $5.75 $6.00 $5.25 $3.75 $3.25 $4.00 $3.75
10 Visit Card $34.00 $28.50 $45.00 $38.25 N/A $57.00 $61.00 $52.74 $38.25 $32.50 N/A N/A
1 Month Pass5 $40.50 $34.50 $55.00 $45.75 N/A $67.25 $72.50 $61.50 $45.75 $38.75 N/A N/A
4 Month Pass6 $92.50 $78.75 $120.00 $102.00 N/A $165.50 $190.00 $161.50 $100.00 $82.00 N/A N/A
1 Year Pass7 $220.00 $188.75 $295.00 245.00 N/A $397.25 $459.00 $387.75 $275.00 $196.75 N/A N/A

 

1Children under 3 years of age receive free access.
2Pool access is free for currently registered UBC Students with their UBC Card. Each student must scan their card each visit. There is a $5.00 charge for UBC Students who do not pay Athletics & Recreation fees or don’t have their card at time of visit.
3Family rate is listed per person for one or two parent household plus their children. Minimum one paying parent and one paying child.
4Non-peak hours occur Monday to Friday between 9:00am – 11:30am, 1:30 – 5:30pm, and 8:30pm – close. Non-peak hours occur Saturday to Sunday after 6:30pm.
5A 1 Month Pass is valid for one (1) calendar month from the date of purchase.
6A 4 Month Pass is valid for four (4) calendar months from the date of purchase.
7The Year Pass is valid for the period of one (1) calendar from the date of purchase.
8Closures: Aquatic facilities are complex and require regular maintenance. There will be both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance closures that will occur within the year. Facility users can anticipate scheduled maintenance closures of 3-6 weeks over any 12-month period. No refunds, partial refunds or credits will be granted due to facility closures / access restrictions.

 

For the complete list of UBC Recreation policies detailing Code of Conduct, Pricing, Payment, Refunds, Cancellation, etc visit the policies page. All facility users are also asked to familiarize themselves with the facility rules.

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Get in the water when your child is in lessons! 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). Show up at the front desk with your registered child to receive your discounted rate!

Register for a series of Specialty Aqua Fitness classes to save money! Inquire at the front desk or register online.

UBC Student UBC Faculty, Staff, or Alum UNA/CSC Adult Public (19+) Senior (65+)
Fit4Two Aqua Fitness $17.00 $17.00 $17.00 $18.75 $17.00
Aqua Zumba $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
SwimFit $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Aqua Therapy $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Coached Express Workout $9.75 $9.75 $9.75 $10.75 $9.75
Hydro Boards $14.00 $14.00 $14.00 $15.00 $14.00

 

For more information and policies regarding memberships and pricing please visit UBC Recreation Policies – Pricing Policies


Plan Your Visit

How to Get Here

The new UBC Aquatic Centre is located next to the Student Recreation Centre and the War Memorial Gym. The quickest ways to get here are walking, cycling, and public transit. You can download a map to print-off prior to your visit, or view the directions below.

If you are driving, access via Student Union Blvd is recommended, and you have the following options for parking (points are also on the Google Map above).

  • Drop-off only: Curbside pick-up and drop-off can be facilitated in the vicinity of the South Tower of the Gage Residences pullout.
  • For short-term parking (up to 2 hours): The North Parkade now has 60 spots signed and available for visitors to the north precinct of campus. There is also overflow parking at Thunderbird Parkade. For information about rates and hours, please see UBC Parking.
  • Visiting us for longer than 2 hours? The North Parkade also has plenty of stalls for day parking.For information about rates and hours, please see UBC Parking.

Note: Due to construction in area, we encourage visitors to allow for extra time for their trips.

UBC Aquatic Centre

6080 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-4501
Email: aquatic.centre@ubc.ca

Fall Hours of Operation

Sep 4 – Dec 8, 2018
Mon – Thur: 6:30 am – 9:45 pm
Fri: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Yearly Maintenance Closure:

This year’s closure is scheduled for December 9, 2018 – January 3, 2019 inclusively. Please check the drop-in schedules page for updates and the latest details on possible schedule changes.

Winter Hours of Operation

Jan 4 – Apr 28, 2019
Mon – Thur: 6:30 am – 9:45 pm
Fri: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm


Holidays: visit the Holiday Hours page for updates

NOTE: Our hours of operation are not drop-in swim times (see our Drop-In Schedule for public swim times). All hours are subject to change, please check the drop-in schedule prior to any visit.


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Locker information at the New UBC Aquatic Centre

The UBC Aquatic Centre has a variety of locker options. Coin-operated day-use and term-based locker rentals are available at the facility. For policies related to lockers at the UBC Aquatic Centre please see UBC Recreation Policies – Locker Policies.

Day-Use Lockers

All day-use lockers are coin-operated. Depending on the size of the locker, each time you open the locker it costs either $1 for a large or extra large locker or $0.25 for a small or medium locker. All items must be removed by the end of the day; UBC Aquatic Centre staff will clear the lockers nightly.

Term-Based Rental Lockers

Locker rentals can be rented on a term-basis from the front desk at the UBC Aquatic Centre. Locker expiration dates for each term are at the end of April, August, and early December of that year. Prior to locker expiration date, all goods and locks must be removed.

Rentals end at 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the contract. All long term rentals require an additional $15.00 refundable lock deposit.
UBC Student UBC Faculty/Staff CSC & Public
1 Term (4 Months) $67.50 $77.50 $92.50

 


Aquatics Programs, Lessons, and Camps

Aquatics programming through UBC Recreation offers aquatic fitness and rehab classes, swimming lessons, advanced aquatics and first aid courses. We are proud to offer year-round aquatics programming for adults, youth, and tots of all ages and abilities.

Browse our programming for adults and youth.

UBC Aquatic Centre also hosts Aquatics camps for youth up to 12 years. Learn more about Sports & Recreation Spring camps at UBC Camps.


 

Accessibility

UBC aims to be a barrier-free, accessible environment that is respectful and equal among all people regardless of their abilities, backgrounds or experience. The UBC Aquatic Centre is a fully wheelchair-accessible space.

The facility has the following accessibility features:

  • 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

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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