ANNA PALIWODA, owner
Anna 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.
Many of our instructors have decades of training and experience, and have completed hours of continued education through both national and international conferences and workshops.
Our coaches are all required to complete a minimum of 50+ hours of in-class Swim of Things training and shadowing before becoming independent instructors.
ALBERT PALIWODA, head coach/curriculum developer
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, lead coach
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, educational program development manager
Lisa is originally from Brunswick, OH, but now resides in Parma with her husband 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.
LIZ F., coach
Originally from Hinckley, Liz graduated from Highland High School then went on to graduate from Ashland University. She has been lifeguarding since 2010 and teaching
swim lessons since 2013.
In her free time, Liz enjoys reading, boating, and swimming.
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!