UCalgary Aquatic Centre

Public Welcome

The UCalgary Aquatic Centre is a competition pool that can transform into various lengths with a moveable bulkhead. Most often, the pool is set up in 25m format, which creates 16, 25m lanes (eight in the shallow end and eight in the deep end). The pool can also be set up in 50m format, which creates eight 50m lanes.

The shallow end of the pool ranges from 1.0m to 1.5m in depth, and the deep end of the pool ranges from 1.5m to 5.0m deep.

The pool temperature is normally set at 80.6 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It is increased to 84 F for Saturday swimming lessons in fall, winter and spring.

The pool is open for public swim during certain scheduled times. 

Two young women swimming with flutter boards


Swimmers can either purchase a yearly Active Living membership or pay a drop-in pass rate.

Current UCalgary students can access the pool for free with their Unicard by checking in at Active Living Client Services (KNA 104). 

The pool is accessed via the change rooms located across from Client Services. Day-use lockers are available for 25¢, and longterm locker rentals are available from Client Services on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Modesty swimwear burkini available at UCalgary Active Living Client Services desk


Active Living Client Services (KNA 104) has a selection of swim gear available for purchase:

  • Swim suits
  • Swim caps
  • Modesty swimwear
  • Goggles
  • Fins
  • Hand paddles
  • Infant wetsuits
  • Reusable or disposable swim diapers

PFDs and water running belts can be rented at Client Services.

Call for availability.
T: 403-220-5029

Women at UCalgary Aquatic Centre swimming in lane

Pool Schedules

Public swim times can vary from week to week. Check the schedule before you visit.

Aerial shot of University of Calgary campus and sport fields

Where to park

Find the best parking lot to access the Aquatic Centre.

 Aquatic Certifications

Become a lifeguard, assistant lifeguard or water safety instructor with classes at UCalgary.

Call our Client Services desk for answers to all your questions: 403.220.5029

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Pool Rules and Regulations

General Rules and Regulations

  • Patrons are required to wear proper bathing attire.
    • Clean t-shirts are permitted.
    • Jeans or jean shorts are not permitted.
    • Full coverage modesty swimwear is permitted (Ex.Burkini’s).
    • Female identifying patrons are not required to wear swim tops. 
  • Infants or children who are not fully toilet trained must wear a swimming diaper or a plastic diaper cover while in the water.
  • One parent/guardian must be present for every 2 children aged 0-7 years.
  • Children aged 0-7 years of age must be within arm’s reach of a parent/guardian at all times.
  • Only children of the opposite gender under the age of 7 are permitted in the locker room. If assistance is required the lifeguard should be notified. 
  • Children under the age of 14 are not permitted at Adult Lane Swim but are allowed with an accompanying adult during Family Lane Swim
  • Coaching is not permitted
  • Personal equipment is expected to be cleaned and in good condition before being brought into the Aquatic Centre.
  • Water wings are not permitted 
  • Infant neck rings are not permitted 

Deep End Pool Test

  • Lifeguards may require patrons (youth or adult) to perform a swim test before using the deep end.
  • Patrons must complete phase 1, in the shallow end, before attempting phase 2 in the deep end.

Phase 1 - 25m Swim

  • Option A – Front Crawl
  • Option B – Breast Stroke

Phase 2 - Entry and Surface Support

  • Jump (feet first entry) into deep water.
  • Tread water for 30 seconds.