Inclusivity UBC Recreation

Ability & Accessibility

UBC Recreation strives to include all individuals in the programs and events, regardless of ability. We offer adaptation and modification wherever feasible to allow those people with disabilities to participate in the best way possible. We request that any individual who wishes to participate in UBC Recreation program and would like to request adaptations, additional resources or a discussion about their concerns, contact a Program Manager as soon as possible. The earlier you connect with us about these accommodations, the better we can make your experience.

Sample Programs

UBC Recreation is proud to offer wheelchair basketball every second Friday at the Student Recreation Centre. Check the Drop-In calendar for exact times!

Parasport Games is an Intramural event designed to increase awareness and educate about para-sports and the athletes that play them. Previous activities have included wheelchair basketball and goalball.

This program is intended for para athletes looking to row for fun and fitness purposes with some desire to race in local or provincial competition. This program is suited for AS (arms and shoulders) or TA (trunk and arms) para rowers and will include on-water training during the Spring, Summer and Fall with dryland training available during the Winter.

Accommodations for Storm the Wall:

  • Allowed participants to use a ladder to climb the wall (to help with addressing concerns about falling or injuries)
  • Using rigging to allow a participant in a wheelchair to come over the wall
  • Creating an opportunity to participate in a shortened race course to allow a variety of participants to compete
  • Hosting clinics to help teams learn how to properly get over the wall, so that we can help teams who have anxiety about their abilities

Developing a partnership with the Thunderbird Sports Club Athletes and the Thunderbird Students Council to create teams with athletes from UBC and Special Olympics BC as an annual Storm the Wall heat.

Facility Access & Features

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

Download the UBC Aquatic Centre Accessibility Map

The Student Recreation Centre has the following wheelchair-accessible features:

  • Ramps leading to the North and West entrances
  • Automatic doors at the North entrance for accessibility
  • Universal and accessible washrooms and change rooms across the hall from the BirdCoop
  • Change rooms with accessible gendered shower stalls and washroom stalls
  • An elevator to the second level of the SRC/gymnasiums
  • BirdCoop Fitness Centre has an accessible gate
  • Areas in the SRC Studio and BirdCoop Fitness Centre offer functional accessible areas.
  • Accessible fitness equipment in the BirdCoop:
    • 2 squat racks with accessible ramps for access.
    • SYNRGY cable unit is accessible
    • Individuals can request use of a variety of straps and grips from Active Hands to assist with accessible weight training

Download the Student Recreation Centre Accessibility Map

  • The Tennis Centre facility is wheelchair accessible with automatic doors at both entrances, being on one level, and wheelchair washrooms/showers. The Tennis Centre hosts BC Wheelchair Sports events at the facility throughout the year and hosts Tennis Canada's wheelchair program.
  • The Tennis Centre is also happy to adapt programs and teaching styles to meet participants' needs, such as those living with autism.

Download the UBC Tennis Centre Accessibility Map

  • The UBC Boathouse is fully accessible and rowing instructors are trained to adapt to their participants’ needs.
  • There is a para rowing program designed for participants who need adapted equipment and participants can contact the UBC Boathouse directly for an orientation session. Participants with their own equipment are welcome to bring their own.
  • War Memorial Gymnasium is a partially accessible building with the following features: The ground level door access on the south side of the building is the only automatic door for the building.
  • The facility has a lift for accessibility which services the ground level, gymnasium level, and lobby level of the building.
  • There is also a ramp in the back of the gymnasium which accesses the gym floor.
  • Unfortunately, the bleachers are not accessible.

Download the War Memorial Gym Accessibility Map


Contact & Feedback Form

Should you have any questions about inclusivity or feedback about how we can make our programs more inclusive, please fill out the form below, or contact

Inclusivity & Accessibility Feedback Form

Feedback and comments for inclusivity at UBC Recreation
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