History

We hope you find it informational as well as educational about the sport of springboard and platform diving and the Fort Lauderdale Diving Team. Please feel free to fill out the contact us page and receive information about the team, camps, competitions, and volunteering.

The Fort Lauderdale Diving Team is the premiere springboard and platform diving team in Florida. We also have a competitive dive team, private lessons, group lessons, and visiting divers can come train with us. In short, if you are looking for anything to do with diving, you’ve come to the right place!

2016 was a good year for the program, out scoring all teams in Florida at the 2016 AT&T USA Diving National Championships placing 5th overall.  We also have one of the greatest history of any program in the country.

Dave Burgering, the Director of Diving and Head Coach, brings with him over 27 years of coaching experience and a great coaching and diving resume. Please visit the about page and look up our staff. Dave was also a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Diving Team, and 2008 Olympic Team Coaching Staff. Currently Dave is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for USA Diving, the National Governing Body for the sport of diving as designated by the United States Olympic Committee and serves on the Board of Directors of USA Diving.

Olympic Team members from Ft Lauderdale Diving Team

Dave Burgering – coach                    2008

Jevon Tarantino                                 2008

Tim O’Brien – coach                           2000

Michelle Davison                                2000

Scott Donie – silver                             1992

Mary Ellen Clark- bronze                  1992 & 1996

Kent Ferguson                                     1992

Karen LaFace                                       1992

Jenny Keim                                           1996

Dr. Ron O’Brien-coach                       1992 & 1996

Elbert Roon (Casino Pool) silver      1936

Katherine Rawls (Casino Pool silver 1936 & 1932

 

Please enjoy the pages that follow and we hope to see you on the pool deck.

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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