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Russell Aquatics swim school has been offering the highest quality swim instruction available with great love for over a decade.

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In the Summer of 2004, Kerri Russell heard about a program through the City of Markham called the Summer Company program, which provided monetary resources for students who wished to start their own business. Kerri, who was teaching for the city at the time, saw a need for a more personalized swim experience with smaller student to instructor ratios and immediately began writing her business plan for Russell Aquatics Swim School.

Kerri was over the moon to learn that she had been chosen as a recipient and began teaching lessons in her family’s backyard pool. As word got out, Kerri quickly surpassed her goal of teaching 50 students and was overwhelmed by the interest, reaching 150 students. The following summer, Kerri brought on her younger sister, Kristi and best friend, Drie. Though they could now teach more students with the additional instructors, it still wasn’t enough. The team ended up bringing on more instructors that travelled to family backyards to offer the same great experience from the convenience of your home. In 2008, Kerri and Kristi decided to offer lessons year-round and rented space from a Toronto hotel. In 2010, they moved to a Markham hotel to be more accessible to the families that they had created such amazing relationships with.


In 2018, Russell Aquatics opened its first location at 66 Copper Creek Dr. in Markham, Ontario. With over 1000 students and 70+ staff, Russell Aquatics has grown to be an integral part of the community, teaching families to swim with the same passion and care that we did in the Russell family backyard.

From the moment you step into one of our facilities, you will be welcomed home. As a family-run swim school, it’s important to us that you enter an environment that feels safe, inviting and fun. As a team, we are dedicated to providing an exceptional experience that provides the best swim instruction, customer service and support to help you or your child learn the invaluable life skill of swimming. We have and will always continue to be committed to the success and growth of each and every one of our students.

Russell Aquatics Family

The Russell Family Promise

Our utmost promise to you is that you will be safe and well taken care of in our facility
Our classes and school are small, inviting and progressive. Our preschool and swimmer classes are 3 or 4:1 ratio
Our facilities provide a family friendly environment
We provide a comfortable viewing area to relax, work, read, socialize and watch your kids swim
We provide year round instruction from 3 months to adults
We will listen to our clients needs, expectations and concerns
Our pools are heated to 88 degrees which provides the best environment to maximize attention and learning
We provide effective and fun training equipment
We provide online access to scheduling, booking your classes and make up classes
We provide lots of great retail options to assist in a quality lesson
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We provide the best trained and certified swim instructors. It's what sets Russell Aquatics apart from everyone else! Most of our instructors are actually our previous students!
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