Vancouver Aquatic Centre

Vancouver, BC, CANADA

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Facility Overview

Facility Name
Vancouver Aquatic Centre
Address
1050 Beach Avenue, West End
Vancouver, BC V6E 1T7
CANADA
Telephone
(604) 665-3424

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
CAD 6.10; SC(65) CAD 4.27. (Tax not included.) [June, 2019]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 18m, 8 lanes , indoors , 82ºF (28ºC).
Diving
Two 1m diving boards, two 3m diving boards, 5m, 7.5m, and 10m platforms.

Location

Location
In downtown Vancouver, near Burrard St. Bridge. An easy 20 minute walk down Thurlow St. from the Convention Center and the hotels.
County/Region
Greater Vancouver Area
GPS
49.276819, -123.135567

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Masters Swim
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Youth Swim
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Water Polo
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Diving
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Diving
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Facility Notes

The pool is in the shape of a "T", with a short stem, which serves as the diving tank. The diving tank is separated from the main, 50m pool by a movable bulkhead and there are 8 lanes marked across the main pool and into the diving well that would create a 25m, 8 lane pool, when the bulkhead is removed or a 20m, 8 lane pool, if the bulkhead is moved back slightly.
Use the View drop-in schedule page to find out when lanes are available.(It's not particularly user friendly, but it's the only thing available.) There is a small, warm (92ºF) teach pool for children under eight. Child care is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Facility Reviews

The best year-round lap pool in the city, not only is it 50 meters, but also it's shallow, clean and well-maintained. The glass roof allows the light to stream in - bring your tinted goggles. The facility also has a weight room, sauna and whirlpool.
The centre would get better reviews if more lanes were open to swimmers weekdays after work. It’s frustrating to see the swim clubs take over 90% of pool space - money talks… The lockers in the change rooms and the bathrooms could use maintenance.
The Vancouver Aquatic Centre is the best, indoor, serious, length pool in Vancouver. Check the schedule to make sure the pool is set up for 50 metre lengths. (During water polo they change the pool to 18 metre widths - it gets very crowded and it's not worth going then.) The pool is divided into slow, medium, fast lanes, which are well respected. The whirlpool has strong jets and is kept nice and hot. The sauna is OK, but can be crowded. The phone number to the front desk where you can ask direct questions about length times is listed as (604) 665 3424 but this leads you through a long menu; to reach the desk, call the direct number at (604) 665 3421.