Coaching Staff

Dave Burgering

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 1173 junior national finalists and 51 senior national finalists including 30 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.  It is with his past coaching and diving experiences that gives Dave the knowledge he uses each day to run a successful program.  The Fort Lauderdale Diving Team has had a Jr. National Champion at least once in the past 5 our of 6 years and has placed higher than any other team in the state 4 our of the past 5 years.  

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 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 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 one dryboard with overhead harnesses and an indoor warm-up area.  We also use SideLine Scout and poolside live video system with 3 cameras.  This allows us to show you visual feedback after your dive as well as giving you a copy of the dives on your iPhone or iPad to take home and watch later.  

Coaching Staff Contact Information

Head Coach

Dave Burgering

dave@ftldiveteam.com

(561) 213-2914

Assistant Coach

Mikey Lewark

lewark.michael@gmail.com

(954) 612-0968

Important Phone Numbers

SFTL/FLDT Admin. Office (General Info, Registration & Billing Inquiries): (954) 828-4589

Practice Etiquette

PARENTS: PLEASE REFRAIN FROM SPEAKING TO COACHES DURING ACTUAL PRACTICE.

  • Coaches are available to speak with parents 10-15 minutes before and after practices.
  • Coaches need to give 100% of their attention to the athletes during practice. If a coach is interrupted they are taking that attention away – including from your child!

(The FLDT coaching staff greatly appreciates your cooperation with the above.)

Facility Website: https://fortlauderdale.gov/flac

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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