About Us

The Ft. Lauderdale Diving Team is a member of USA Diving, the national governing body for the United States Olympic Committee for the sport of diving.

Our mission is to teach the sport of diving while allowing individuals the opportunity to reach their goal, in a fun and safe environment.

Our programs include lessons, group and private, and competitive teams. Please enjoy the web pages that follow, they should answer your questions about this program and team.

Please feel free to either e-mail or call the Head Coach, Dave Burgering if you have any questions.

This team has a rich history. Listed below are Olympians and national champions while they were on the Ft. Lauderdale Diving Team:

DIVING OLYMPIANS

Jevon Tarantino
USA
2008
4th Place Event Men’s 3-Meter Synchronized
Dave Burgering
USA
2008
Team Coach
Tim O’Brien
USA
2000
Team Coach
Dr. Ron O’Brien
USA
1968-1996
Team Advisor 2000
Scott Donie
USA
1992
Silver Medalist, 3-Meter Springboard
Mary Ellen Clark
USA
1992
Bronze Medalist, 10-Meter Platform
Mary Ellen Clark
USA
1996
Bronze Medalist, 10-Meter Platform
Kent Ferguson
USA
1992
3-Meter Springboard
Karen LaFace
USA
1992
3-Meter Springboard
Jenny Keim
USA
1996
3-Meter Springboard
Michelle Davison
USA
2000
3-Meter Springboard; 3-Meter synchro

FORT LAUDERDALE DIVING TEAM – 1989-Present – RECORD

The Fort Lauderdale Diving Team has won an unprecedented 23 United States National Team Championship Titles from 1991-1997. These Team Championships include Men’s Team, Women’s Team and Combined Men’s and Women’s Team.

OLYMPIC MEDALISTS

1992 Barcelona, Spain- Scott Donie, Silver Medallist, 10 meter platform
Mary Ellen Clark, Bronze Medallist, 10 meter platform
1996- Atlanta, Georgia-
Mary Ellen Clark, Bronze Medallist, 10 meter platform

WORLD CHAMPIONS

1991- Kent Ferguson, 3 meter springboard

PAN AMERICAN GAMES

Mark Lenzi, 1991 Gold Medallist, 1 meter springboard
Karen LaFace, 1991 Gold Medallist, 3 meter springboard
Kent Ferguson, 1991 Gold Medallist, 3 meter springboard
Patrick Jeffrey, 1991, 1995 Bronze Medallist, 10 meter platform

WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

Michelle Rojohn, 1997 Bronze Medallist, 1 meter springboard

Student Testimonials

"I have personally known Dave Burgering for the last fifteen years and can't say enough good things about him as a world class diving coach, motivator, and mentor. Dave has played many roles in my life through the years--the obvious one is that of a great coach and mentor....but Dave is much more then that to me he is also a second father and one of the very first people to this day who I pick up the phone to call and share adversities and triumphs." BD

"My daughter has been diving with Dave Burgering since age 9. She is now a freshman athlete at the University of Alabama. Dave Burgering taught her the skills she needed to be successful on the college level. I have found him to have a vast knowledge of the sport as well as compassion for all of his athletes. He has brought much success to the Fort Lauderdale dive team as a sincere, dedicated coach who is always willing to go the extra mile for his athletes."

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