Russell Aquatics was founded by Kerri & Kristi Russell in the summer of 2004 as a children’s 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. In April 2018, Russell Aquatics opened 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 and I am one of the Owners of Russell Aquatics Swim School! 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 as long as 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 little dog, Bear! I can’t wait to see all of our little fish at the pool!
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 there! My name is Kaitlin and I am the Marketing and Communications Director at Russell Aquatics! Although you might not catch me in the water, you will definitely see me snapping some photos and videos on deck, helping out at the front desk and doing all things creative for the swim school! I have an Advanced Certificate in Public Relations and have worked for municipalities and non-profits in their corporate communications and community engagement department. If I look familiar, it’s probably because my sister, Cassidy, is our General Manager! Outside of work, I am an avid reader, love to cook and have a passion for music and family. Make sure you follow us on social media and check out our website to see what I’ve been up to!
Hi my name is Colleen, a Lead Instructor and Trainer at Russell Aquatics. I have 20 years experience in the aquatics industry. My aquatics career started as an Aquafit instructor and has evolved into being a lifeguard, swim instructor and pre/post-rehabilitation specialist. 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!
Hello, my name is Angelina and I am one of the Supervisors at Russell Aquatics! I have been with Russell Aquatics since I was a little kid and they taught me everything I know about swimming! I have now been working here as an instructor, supervisor, and part of the management team working hard to grow Russell Aquatics. My favourite part about being part of the Russell Team is watching all your swimmers become strong and confident in the water while learning an important life skill. I love to spend time with my family and friends and I am on my way to becoming a teacher. Be sure to say hello at the pool!
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 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!
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 my name is Katerina Kyriopoulos! I am a Lead Instructor at Russell Aquatics! I’ve been working at Russell Aquatics for over a year now and I am very passionate about the work that I do here. I have loved swimming ever since I was little and it is so rewarding to be able to teach such an important life long skill to children. I have such a love for children and teaching that I am studying to pursue a career as a teacher and continue to make a positive impact on children’s lives. I love to spend my free time with my family and friends. I hope to see you all at the pool!
Hi! I’m Maddie Walsh and I’m one of the Lead Instructors at Russell Aquatics. I have loved swimming for as long as I can remember, and I even took swimming lessons with Kerri and Kristi when I was a little girl. My favourite part about being part of the Russell family is seeing our students progress towards reaching their goals, while teaching them the life long skill of swimming! When I’m not at the pool I love to hangout with my family and friends and spend time at my cottage. Be sure to say hi to me next time you’re at the pool!