Dave Burgering directs the Ft. Lauderdale Diving Team. Dave has a long history with diving as he started diving in 1967 and finished in excellent career in 1984. He began coaching for the Missions Viejo Nadadores, as head coach, where his team won two National Team Titles in 1987 and 1988. He then took a coaching job in Boca Raton, FL for the Mission Bay Makos, under Olympic Coach, Dr. Ron O’Brien where his team won his third national championship beating his old team by 1 point. Dave is now the Director of Diving for the City of Ft. Lauderdale and Head Coach. He started his tenure for the Ft. Lauderdale Diving Team January 15, 2007.
His diving highlights are impressive. In 1967, he started his diving career on his school team and placed last in the City Championships. He realized he had a future in this sport even though he did not dive well this first year. He found a great coach, John Narcy, at Michigan State University and started training year round. Once he made up his mind, he became an international level athlete being named to the USA National Team from 1977 – 1984. He traveled to Canada, Austria, Australia, Sweden, Italy, East Germany, USSR, Venezuela, China, Japan, and Mexico representing the USA. He won international competitions in Sweden, Mexico, and Italy while placing in the finals in every other event internationally he competed in. The only event he did not become a finalist was the 1980 Olympic Games in which he made the team, but the USA Boycotted the Games in Moscow that year.
His 21-year coaching career has proven he is one of the countries best diving coaches. He has coached 128 junior national finalists and 46 senior national finalists. His teams traditionally place in the top 10 at every national championship, junior or senior. He is also a Dive Safe instructor for USA Diving, that teaches instructors the proper way to teach beginning diving safely.