Built for you

Whether you’re learning to swim or going for Olympic Gold, the new UBC Aquatic Centre was built for you. This 8,000-square-metre facility offers year-round aquatics programming for adults, youth, and tots of all ages and abilities, and affordable rates for drop-in swimming. Learn more about the features of the new facility, and dive in!

We acknowledge that the UBC Point Grey campus is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.


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 new 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


To better serve all our visitors, the new UBC Aquatic Centre also offers the following:

  • Food and beverage kiosk
  • Locker rentals and day lockers
  • Accessible entrances with power-operated doors
  • Accessible washrooms, change rooms and elevators
  • Braille signage

UBC Sustainability: Our water is blue, the 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!

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 the sustainable features of UBC Aquatic Centre, check out this blog post.

For information and to register for UBC Aquatic Centre Winter 2017 programs, please visit our Adult and Youth program pages.

Celebrate our grand opening!

Posted on February 23, 2017

To celebrate our grand opening, we're making a big splash with special events from March 1 - 5, 2017.

Join Fitness Programs for Free

Posted on February 17, 2017

Drop-in Aquacize classes are included with admission, a membership pass, or free with a valid UBC Student card.

Parents Swim for $3.50

Posted on February 14, 2017

Don't miss out while your child is in the pool. We offer a discounted drop-in rate for parents during lesson times.

Free swim lessons

Posted on February 7, 2017

When you register for swimming lessons before March 1, 2017, you'll receive your first class for free!

Advanced Courses Teach Life Skills and Lifeguarding at UBC Aquatic Centre

Posted on February 4, 2017

Advanced Leadership Courses at UBC Aquatic Centre teach students to handle emergencies and advanced First Aid in an aquatic environment.