Dave Burgering – Director and Head Coach
Dave is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. degree in Education. Dave started coaching full time for the Mission Viejo Nadadores in California where his team won 2 junior national championships back to back (1988 and 1989). Dave then moved to Boca Raton, FL and coached for the Mission Bay Makos where he won his third straight junior national title. Dave then moved to the Coral Springs Aquatic Complex when the Mission Bay facility closed. After coaching in Coral Springs for 13 years, he became the Director and Head Coach for the Fort Lauderdale Diving Team at the world famous Swimming Hall of Fame Pool at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex.
Dave has coached over 160 junior national finalists and 51 senior national finalists including 28 gold medalists at the junior nationals and 11 senior national gold medalists. Dave has been a member of the USA Diving Coaching staff for several Grand Prix events, World Series events, 2017 Junior Pan Am Games, and the 2008 Olympic Games.
While Dave was a diver, he was on the USA National Team from 1977-1984 and a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Team that boycotted the Moscow Olympic Games. While diving, Dave was able to travel the world representing the United States of America in Sweden, Austria, Italy, East Germany, USSR, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, China, and Germany to name a few. These experiences allow Dave to run the Fort Lauderdale Diving program with a great deal of knowledge and an understanding of the big picture.
“We have a program that is for everyone. Just because I have coached at the Olympic Games, doesn’t mean we do not teach beginners. We have group lessons, private lessons, beginning team, national team, senior team (Olympic Level) and a Masters team (21 and older that want to dive and compete, but at a light level). Come try us out. I’m sure you will enjoy our program. Our facility is the only facility in South Florida with bubbles under the 3 meter springboards and all the platform levels (1, 3, 5, 7 1/2 and 10 meter). On deck, we have a dryland area with one trampoline and dryboard with overhead harnesses, an indoor warm-up area, and a SideLine Scout video System with 3 cameras with an underwater view.”