Szilvia Gogh started scuba diving when she was 13 years old, as a member of a dive club in Budapest, Hungary. As a diver she competed in orienteering diving for several years, which consists of finding buoys in low visibility lakes with the use of a compass and a distance counting device, similar to a treasure hunt.
It was a long (and exhilarating) journey from being a competitive orienteering diver in Hungary to becoming a PADI Course Director. Gogh has logged more than 5000 dives and has certified more than 1300 divers from beginner to dive professionals, including special training for the Los Angeles Police Department, sheriff’s and fire departments. As a PADI Course Director, and expert in navigating underwater, she serves as a trainer for new and very experienced divers such as the LAPD Search & Rescue Dive Instructors.
Gogh also works in front of the camera as an adventure show host, as well as a stunt woman in blockbuster Hollywood movies and TV series. She provides water safety and trains talents to breath underwater when working behind the scenes.
“My mission in life is to help empower women, expand their view of the world and the opportunities awaiting them through miss-scuba.com,” she says. Gogh founded Miss-Scuba.com to bring women together from all over the world, who share enthusiasm for diving, travel and adventure. “Miss Scuba is more than a group of women who travel the world together to explore the most exotic places and best dive sites. Miss Scuba is more than a fantastic resource where women share incredible adventures and helpful tips about travel, hot new products and exciting destinations,” says Gogh. “Miss Scuba is a culture of its own; an expression of free will, untamed souls, a rebellion against mediocrity and the yearning for finding adventure and excitement in life.”
- Completed PADI Course Director training (2002-2003)
- Created www.Miss-Scuba.com in 2004, an online resource for female divers designed to educate women about dive equipment, sharing journeys and travel trips from female dive travelers’ perspectives
- Since 2005, acted as safety diver and stunt double for the motion picture industry, including as an underwater double for Drew Barrymore in Big Miracle, Dina Meyer’s stunt double in Piranha 3D, and worked on “Dexter,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
- Trained several stunt men and women as well as stunt coordinators from England and the USA for safe diving practices
- Appeared in TV programs, on billboards and in magazines in Europe, Canada, Asia and the USA to encourage female divers to take the professional path in this once male-oriented sport
- In 2013 was the face of a worldwide Nissan campaign promoting adventurous lifestyles
- Started Gogh Jewelry Design (www.GoghJewelryDesign.com) in 2006, an eco-friendly handmade jewelry line inspired by travels and the ocean
- Offered water safety and scuba diver training to the stunt community since 2001
- Established the scuba program for “A Chance for Children” charity organization in 2001, and continues to run the program and rally volunteer divers for at-risk youth of inner-city Los Angeles
- Volunteer motivational speaker at career days in local schools in Los Angeles and Hungary, inspiring kids to dream big and to promote the sport of scuba diving as a profession – and making kids believe that they can make a living of something they are passionate about