About Us

The only swim school in Cleveland is right here in North Royalton! The Swim of Things is a family-owned business. Our philosophy is to provide each student with personalized care and swim instruction tailored to the student’s individual abilities and learning pace.


Anna Paliwoda

Owner Anna Paliwoda was born in Hawaii and graduated from John Carroll in 1969. She then joined the Middleburgh Heights, YWCA location as health and recreation director for 12 years. During that time she co-coached Berea mid-park swim club for six years and taught swimming lessons in her backyard for five years.

1988 was the year Anna began The Swim of Things swim school. Anna is currently WSI certified and enjoys reading her swimmers skills while challenging them to their ability. Nurturing novice beginner shrimps and developing self reliant swimmers is her passion.

Al Paliwoda

Albert is the son of Anna Paliwoda. He has grown up around water and has a BA in public communications from KSU and is currently certified WSI, CPO and LGI. In order to develop a more coherent curriculum he is working toward an early childhood education degree at Cuyahoga Community College. The six to 36 month old students are where his interests lie, creating a more stimulating and educational world for every new swimmer.

Alana Paliwoda

Alana is the daughter of Anna Paliwoda and has also grown up around water, teaching since she was 14 years old. Alana is WSI and CPO certified. She is currently attending Cuyahoga Community College and loves to have every student leave knowing that they have tried their hardest.

Lisa Hanchuk

Lisa is originally from Brunswick, OH, but now resides in Parma with her husband of seven years and their two sons. A graduate of Cleveland State University with a BA degree in early childhood education, she is also WSI certified. Lisa has been a teaching with us since 2008.

The Facility


  • indoor (year-round)
  • private
  • warm (89°F)
  • chlorine
  • geared toward swimmers learning to swim.


  • small, intimate classes
  • starting at 6 months old
  • developmentally appropriate for your child’s abilities
  • builds child’s self-confidence
  • teaches beginning swimming skills


  • certified and experienced swimming instructors
  • loving, enthusiastic and patient with all skill levels
  • ready to bring out swim skills and create a positive atmosphere

We take pride in the quality instructors we keep on staff. Instructors must meet the following criteria before teaching a class:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Water Safety Instruction (Red Cross)
  • 50+ hours of in the water training in the Swim of Things method

*We believe we are teaching a life skill, no child is ever safe from drowning.
Never leave a child unattended near water, work toward a safer swimmer.


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