Program Information

Last updated on February 19, 2021 1:05 am

The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is open with limited hours and reduced activities. 2021 Winter Youth Programs are available for online registration.

Advanced registration is required for all activities.


Things to know


Safety Practices

What to Expect



Things to Know

  • Thunder Community Rowing
    • Previously registered members of the Thunder community rowing will be able to re-start training & practices.
  • Registration
    • Registration can be done online or over the phone, there will be no in person registration. Please call 604-827-2011 during normal business hours. 
  • Drop-off/pick-up
    • Participants will arrive the south gate of the facility. They will be met by the session coach who will go through a verbal pre-screening assessment prior to them continuing through.
    • Participants should arrive 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled launch time. After equipment is cleaned and disinfected, participants will immediately leave via the south gate, there is to be no congregating or lingering on site. 
  • Amenities
    • Change rooms are closed. Please arrive dressed to practice/row.
    • There will be emergency access to the washroom at the back of the Thunder boat bay. 
  • COVID safety practices
    • Training schedules for Thunder Community Rowing teams will be staggered to limit the number of people at the facility during a given period of time.Participants will only have access to the boat bays and dock, there will be no upstairs access. 
    • There will be no more than eight participants in the bay at one time.
    • All equipment will be assigned ahead of time to each participant. All equipment will be thoroughly washed after each session and specifically the interior seat, track, oar lock, foot plate, shoes, rigger, oar grips, and oar collar will be additionally disinfected after each use. 
    • All participants should bring a water bottle (filled prior to arrival) in a ziplock bag, a personal 7/16th wrench for footplate adjustment. 
    • Backpacks are discouraged. The UBC Boathouse is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
    • There is no on site access for spectators. Parents can watch from along the dike and may be able to see participants rowing. 


UBC Recreation is using a new registration system beginning May 2020; an online login will be required for all activities. If you have not recently set up a new login, please follow the link below to set up a new online login.

UBC Students – please ensure that you have activated your login using your CWL in order to qualify for student rates and free access to the UBC Aquatic Centre and SRC drop-in activities.

How to Register

  • Previously registered members of the Thunder community rowing will be able to re-start training & practices, and will receive an email to prompt them to register for their specific program. 
  • Participants will receive an email with a registration link.
  • Registration can be done online or over the phone, there will be no in person registration. Please call 604-827-2011 during normal business hours. 
  • Credit or refund will be issued upon request for individuals unable to attend due to a COVID-19 related reason.

Contact Us – UBC Boathouse & Rowing

Tel: 604-827-2011

Hours of Operation

Mon – Thur: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat – Sun: Closed

Other times available by appointment.

Safety Practices

Stay at home if you are sick

Stay home if you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days

Advanced reservations and bookings required for all programs/activities

Non-medical face masks required indoors at all times

Signs and pathways for designated entrances, exits, line-ups, and traffic throughout buildings

Not all change rooms & lockers are available. Come dressed for your activity.

Water fountains are limited to refilling of water bottles

Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow

Avoid touching your face

Wash hands thoroughly & frequently

Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands

Maintain a physical distance of 2m from others

Additional Information

  • Physical distancing will be practiced whenever possible, including: maintaining distance between staff and participants.
  • Visitors are required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings when indoors at UBC Sport Facilities
    • Exemptions include:
      • Persons with an underlying medical condition or disability which impacts the ability to wear a face covering
      • Children five years of age or younger are not required to wear a mask, although children over the age of two years should do so if possible.
      • Persons unable to place or remove a face covering without assistance
    • Requests for exemptions and questions can be sent to
    • Additional information is available on how to wear, use, and store your face covering
  • Rentals and shared equipment are unavailable or limited. Please bring your own equipment for activities.
  • In-person purchases or transactions are cashless and only credit (Mastercard or Visa) or debit is accepted.

What to Expect

Exiting/Arriving and Sign-In/Sign-Out

  • Participants will enter through from the South Gates. They will be met by the session coach who will go through a verbal Covid pre-screen assessment prior to entering.
  • Athlete key codes will be disabled to only allow access to south gate.
  • Back packs will be dropped in the back of the UBC big boat bay if needed in marked spots, but backpacks are discouraged from bringing.
  • Athletes will then be assigned a boat and set of oars for the week. 
  • When completing the training sessions, the docks will be staggered to allow for cleaning of equipment while maintaining social distancing. 
  • Once boat and oars are away, participants will sanitize and then head up the south ramp and exit immediately. 

Available Amenities 

  • The entire upstairs of the boathouse will not be available to athletes (no athletes lounge, boardroom, event hall, locker room, or washrooms).
  • The downstairs washroom will be open for emergencies.


  • All participants should bring a water bottle (filled prior to arrival) in a zip lock bag, a personal 7/16″ wrench for footplate adjustment.
  • A single boat will be assigned to each athlete for the week. As well a corresponding set of blades which will be labelled and be assigned specifically.
  • Athletes are highly encouraged to not have backpacks with them, however in the event that they do, the back right of the UBC big boat bay will be specifically marked for individuals to leave a backpack.
  • Participants will be expected to bring a personal rag each day for washing of their respective equipment, upon which they will take that specific rag home with them.

Additional Information

  • Participants will be limited to training groups of 8 maximum, including the coach.
  • Training sessions will be operated in a pre-determined, staggered format so that there is always ample room for social distancing and no clogging of the dock space between individuals.

Daily Health Screening

All persons visiting UBC facilities or taking part in a program must be able to answer “no” to all of the following questions:

Are you, or members of your household, displaying any of the following new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19?

Fever or chills; cough; loss of sense of smell or taste; difficulty breathing; sore throat; loss of appetite; extreme fatigue or tiredness; body aches or headache; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Have you had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19, or is awaiting COVID-19 test results within the last 14 days?

Have you, or members of your household, travelled internationally within the last 14 days, including to the USA?

 Have you been told to self-isolate by public health?

  • If the answer is “yes” to any question on arrival, they will not be allowed to attend any programs for health and safety reasons. A supervisor will follow-up with them through phone or email to issue a credit for programs that are missed.
  • Translated written copies of pre-screening questions will be available to ensure language is not a barrier to understanding and adherence to health and safety measures.

Frequently Asked Questions