Dragons Swim Team (Ages 5-21)

  • Coach Barry and his team are skilled at developing a passion for the sport of swimming for kids, and teaching the skills and techniques to be champions and high-level athletes beyond the high school level.


The swim team of the Scott County Family Y mixes great instruction and competitive opportunity with the YMCA emphasis on Core Values and leadership skills.

Our coaches focus on improving swim technique, building endurance, and increasing swim speed, while having fun! In addition to promoting healthy living, self-esteem, and confidence, the SCFY Dragons build friendships that will last a lifetime. As a coaching staff we help swimmers set personal goals, then work hard to help them accomplish those goals.


YMCA Dragons Swim Team Head Coach and North YMCA Aquatics Director Barry Neville has been coaching with various programs for over 30 years.  He’s a University of Iowa graduate, an American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 4 coach (top 8% of coaches in the country), and has received ASCA’s Excellence in Coaching Certification.

Barry has coached 29 YMCA National, 157+ Sectional & Junior National, 31+ Senior National, and 2 Olympic Trial qualifiers.  A former swimmer represented Bulgaria in the 2004 & 2008 Olympics, and is a former American Record Holder in the 100 & 200-yard Breaststroke.  Over 73 of his former swimmers have gone on to swim in college.

Barry’s extensive career includes leadership aquatics and coaching positions in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Brookings, South Dakota, and Topeka, Kansas. Barry was the Head Coach of the Bettendorf Swim Club from 2002-2011, which later merged with the Pleasant Valley program. He’s also coached in Champaign, Illinois, Buffalo, New York, and Huntington, West Virginia.

Barry has won several Iowa Senior Championships, and was named Iowa Senior Coach of the Year. He has served Iowa Swimming as Vice-Chair of Technical Planning and Senior programs and as President of the Iowa Swim Coaches Association.

Barry Neville
YMCA Aquatics Director
Dragons Head Coach
p: (563)391-7771
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Assistant Coaches: Kaleb Garnica, Cody Harris and Ary Sarvestaney

The SCFY Dragons Swim Team practices out of our North Branch.

The North Family YMCA is located at 624 W. 53rd St., Davenport IA 52806.

If you wish to try-out for the Dragons today, please click here to contact Coach Barry  or call 563-391-7771.

Practice Times

Green Group $45/month, 5:30-6:30 PM  Monday- Thursday

Swimmers must be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) without any help or flotation.  This group focuses on learning technique of the swimming strokes and building endurance.

Blue Group $60/month, 6:00-7:15 PM  Monday—Thursday & 5:30-6:45 PM Friday  

This group will focus on swimming drills that improve stroke mechanics and build swimming strength.

Red Group $75/month, 6:30-8:00 PM  Monday—Thursday & 5:30-6:45 PM Friday

This group is for experienced swimmers and focus is on building swim speed through good technique.

Gold Group $90/month, 6:30-8:15 PM  Monday—Thursday & 5:30-7:00 PM Friday

This group is for elite swimmers ages 13 and over. Swimmers at this level are aiming to compete in State and Regional swim meets.

Program Fees & Registration Forms

Please stop by the front desk at the North YMCA for more information about program fees and registration forms.

*Must have a Family Membership to the Scott County Family YMCA

*If you are receiving an income based discount, that same percentage will apply up to 50%

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