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Phillip Tutor: The ‘life-changing’ lessons Russell gives

Todd Russell

Todd Russell, Anniston's long-time swimming instructor is leaving Anniston PARD for a new job in Albertville. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

If he’s awake, Todd Russell is probably teaching someone to swim. He’s taught tiny children and gangly teenagers, young adults and the elderly, burly men and petite women. 

If you’ve learned to swim — or, at least, to tread water — in and around Anniston the last three decades, Russell was probably your instructor. 

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