Russell Aquatics was founded by Kerri & Kristi Russell in 2004 as a children’s summer backyard swim school in Markham, Ontario. It was established with the assistance of the Government of Ontario’s “Summer Company” initiative. The hands-on coaching and mentoring from local community business leaders made a large contribution to the company’s initial and ongoing success. Russell Aquatics has steadily grown over the past decade. In the fall of 2011, Russell Aquatics began offering all-season lessons at the Cochrane indoor location. As of April 2018, Russell Aquatics will open their first custom built indoor swim facility at 66 Copper Creek Drive, Markham.
Hi! I’m Kerri Russell-Channer owner & founder of Russell Aquatics Swim School. From as early as I can remember, swimming has always been a huge part of my life. I swam competitively with Markham Aquatic Club for 6 years and then started volunteering teaching special needs children how to swim at the young age of 12. At the age of 17, I started Russell Aquatics from my parents’ backyard pool in Markham, teaching neighborhood children how to swim. After attaining my Early Childhood Education Degree from Ryerson University and my Bachelor of Education degree from York University, I decided to take the leap and expand Russell Aquatics into a full time, year-round business. For over a decade now, I have owned and operated Russell Aquatics with my sister, Kristi. Kristi & I feel incredibly blessed to have created such an amazing team that are devoted and love Russell Aquatics as much as we do. Our growth and success is hugely attributed to our fabulous team and amazing clients that have been committed to the Russell Aquatics Family since the beginning.
When I am not at the pool you will find me with my wonderful family! I have two young children, Liv and Tye who have brought a whole new happiness to my life that I couldn’t have ever imagined. We are an active family and love to spend time outdoors with our dog Kevin! We are also a family that LOVE to travel!
Teaching kids of all ages and watching them grow as confident swimmers has been and will continue to be one of the most rewarding things in my life. I look forward to seeing you at the pool!
Hi, I’m Kristi Russell! Swimming has always been such a huge part of my life, swimming competitively with the Markham Aquatic Club for 7 years. I attended Guelph University where I completed my degree in Business Commerce. I enjoy working with children and adults, teaching them this incredibly important life skill and watching their confidence in the water grow. When I am not at the pool, you may find me chasing my little guy Austin around the park. See you at the pool!
Hi I’m Cassidy Romain! I am the General Manager at Russell Aquatics Swim School! I have been swimming since before I can remember and have been working in aquatics for over 11 years! I love working with our parent and tot and preschool swimmers and you will often find me teaching and training our future lifegaurds and instructors! I attended Brock University and Niagara College where I took courses in Kinesiology as well as Nursing! When I’m not at the pool, I am an avid sports fan and love to spend time with my boyfriend, Justin and my little dog, Bear! I can’t wait to see all our little fish at the pool!
Hi, my name is Jeremy and I’m the Aquatic Manager at Russell Aquatics. I have been in the aquatic industry for over 12 years. For most of those years I have been involved in lifesaving sport, a sport created first out of humanitarian needs, as a competitor and coach. I have competed and officiated in the regional, provincial and national level and had the opportunity to travel the country from coast to coast doing what I love. Swimming is my strong suit but my best and favorite event is line throw for which I currently hold the provincial record. My passion lies with teaching swimming, coaching staff and being a life-long learning. I am very excited to be part of such a great team and can’t wait to meet all the super swimmers!
Hi! My name is Angela and I am the full-time Aquatic Supervisor at Russell Aquatics. I strongly believe that swimming is a life skill that everyone should learn and enjoy. I have experience in aquatics, both as a swim instructor and lifeguard. I am a graduate from the University of Toronto where I have completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree. I have also attended Centennial College where I obtained a Paramedic Diploma. My most recent career was as a Primary Care Paramedic however, I have decided to get back to my roots and do what I love most which is swimming! In my spare time, I love to bake and try out new recipes in the kitchen. Please come and say hi to me the next time you’re at the pool. I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Hi, I’m Alan Russell and you will find my smiling face at the front desk of our Boxgrove facility.
More importantly, I am the proud father of our owners, Kerri and Kristi. For 14 years, each summer, my wife, Bev and I shared our backyard pool with the wonderful children learning to swim at Russell Aquatics. As I reflect back on the early years of the company, I can now sincerely appreciate the truly wonderful learning environment that our pool provided. As the girls have now achieved with their first permanent location, the backyard pool was a warm and welcoming environment where children were introduced to swimming by a team of caring and professional instructors. Over the years, I have met and spoken with many thoughtful parents who trusted us with the instruction and safety of their children. Although, I must admit that most of those conversations used to take place as I was preparing dinner on the barbeque. A number of those early students are now vital members of the staff and hold most of the leadership positions at the pool.
In retirement, I have been truly blessed that my daughters have included me in the operation of their swim school. Being the “old proud guy” at the pool, please have patience with me if at times, today’s technology somewhat overwhelms me. Make sure that you say hi the next time you’re at the pool.
Hi my name is Colleen, a Lead Instructor and Trainer at Russell Aquatics. Although I am one of Russell’s newest employees I have 20 years experience in the aquatics industry. My aquatics career started as an Aquafit instructor and has evolved into, lifeguard, swim instructor and pre/post rehabilitation specialist. I’m so excited to be a part of the Russell team. I particularly love teaching beginner adults. My speciality is building trust in swimmers to encourage their confidence in the water. If you can make the commitment I will help you achieve your swimming goals! As a side note I’ve been married for 28 years and have 3 sons aged 20, 23 and 25. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Russell Aquatics family and hope you take the opportunity to introduce yourself to me!
Hi! I’m Nicole Rocha and I’m a Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics. I have been working here for 3 years now, but I have been apart of the Russell Family since way back. Kerri and Kristi taught me in their backyard pool from the age of 3, and I have loved swimming ever since! Working at Russell is the most rewarding job! I get to teach many kids the life skill of swimming while having lots of fun! I love seeing the children progress and reach their personal goals. When I’m not at the pool I enjoy listening to music and spending time with my family and friends. I hope to see you at the pool soon!
Hi! I’m Christina Schirripa and I’m one of the Lead Instructors and Supervisors at Russell Aquatics! I have been swimming since I was a baby and I have been instructing for 3 years. When I was 5, I began taking swimming lessons with Russell Aquatics at the backyard pool and I have loved swimming ever since! At the pool, you’ll see me working with our little ones as well as training our bronze students in first aid. I am currently a grade 11 student at St. Brother Andre and I hope to go to university to study medicine or law. On my free time, I enjoy listening to music and hanging out with my friends and family. See you at the pool!
Hi! I’m Victoria, a Supervisor and Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics Swim School! I’ve been working at Russell Aquatics for 3 years, and I’m living proof that a child will come to appreciate swimming lessons, even if they don’t enjoy them at first. Teaching kids has become an unexpected joy of mine and I love seeing our students progress through the swim program! When I’m not in the water, you can probably find me watching Marvel movies or trying to teach myself how to play the guitar (if you have any tips, please share!). Hope to see you soon!
Hi! I’m Carmela! I’m a Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics and have been working here as a swim instructor for over a year now. I’ve been swimming since I was two years old and I believe that swimming is an important life skill to have which is why I enjoy teaching kids and adults how to swim! When I’m not at the pool, I enjoy traveling, going to concerts and spending time with friends and family. Hope to see you at the pool!
Hi my name is Sydney, I’m a Lead Instructor and Supervisor at Russell Aquatics and have been swimming with them since I was 4. I have been working here for 3 years and have learned so much from my students. It’s such a rewarding feeling to see students grow and become great swimmers. When I’m not at the pool, I’m hanging out with friends and family or walking my dog. See you at the pool!
Hey, I’m Amanda! I’m one of the Lead Instructors at Russell Aquatics! I have been swimming with Russell since I was three years old and absolutely love everything about it! I have been an instructor for just over a year now and just recently became a lead. My favourite part about teaching swimming is being able to see children progress every week. When I’m not at the pool, you’ll find me hanging out with friends and family or watching Netflix. Don’t hesitate to come and say hi at the pool!
Hi! I’m Evi, I’m a Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics and I have been swimming with Kerri and Kristi since I was a baby! I have been teaching with Russell for two years now. It’s amazing to see the growth and enjoyment that students have when coming to lessons. When I’m not teaching at the pool, I’m either playing sports or hanging out with friends and family. If you see me at the pool, be sure to say hello!
Hi, my name is Graham and I am a Lead Instructor and Swim Team Coach at Russell Aquatics. I have been working at the swim school for three years and have enjoyed every minute of it. My favourite part about work is being able to see the progression of the students as they build lifelong skills. When I’m not at the pool, you’ll see me doing school work or playing sports. Make sure to say hi to me at the pool next time you see me!
Hi, I’m Alessia! I am a Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics! I have always had a passion for helping others and have been able to cultivate this passion through teaching kids how to swim. I have known Kerri and Kristi since I was a baby! They encouraged me throughout the years and have helped nurture my love of swimming. I have been working here for four years and my favourite levels to teach are Preschool and Bronze classes. Outside of the pool, I love to play rugby and hang out with friends and family. This September (2019), I am very excited to be starting my undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing degree! See you around the pool!
Hi! I’m Siobhan and I am a Supervisor and Customer Service Representative at Russell Aquatics! I have been swimming up at my cottage since I was three years old and instructing and supervising at Russell Aquatics for almost two years now. I love watching all of my students improve and reach their swimming goals! The amazing staff and students make this job so much fun! I enjoy teaching Preschools and Parent-and-tot classes. When I am not at the pool I am hanging out with my two dogs and my cat. See you soon!