Title: Owner and Head Instructor
Company: Dive Shop San Marcos
Location: San Marcos, Texas, United States
Michelle Kraft, Owner and Head Instructor at Dive Shop San Marcos, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scuba diving and business administration.
Boasting a passion for scuba diving from a young age, Ms. Kraft currently serves as the owner and head instructor of Dive Shop San Marcos in Texas, positions she obtained in 2018. Alongside these roles, she serves the shop as a course director and technical instructor, having first been employed by the company in 2010. Prior to these appointments, she served the University of Texas at Arlington as an instructor and administrative manager between 2008 and 2010.
Certified in scuba diving by the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) since 2004, Ms. Kraft also holds a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the University of Texas at Arlington. Outside of her professional pursuits, she enjoys volunteering for lake and river cleanups. Notably, she was a scuba diver on the Travel Channel while the network was reporting on Jacob’s Well, a perennial karstic spring in the Texas Hill Country that reaches a depth of 120 feet.
Among her notable achievements, Ms. Kraft is especially proud of being one of the youngest women technical instructors for the NAUI. She was also the fifth female instructor in the world. Attributing her success to the aid of her family and friends, she received an Outstanding Achievement Award and a Performance Excellence Award from the NAUI in 2013 and 2018, respectively. Additionally, she earned several Retail Excellence Awards from 2010 to 2017. Looking toward the future, she intends to expand Dive Shop San Marcos and instruct more classes.
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