updated 11/25/2010 2:31:49 PM ET 2010-11-25T19:31:49

LA CANADA, Calif., Nov. 24, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sport Chalet, Inc. (Nasdaq:SPCHA) (Nasdaq:SPCHB) invites customers, 10 years of age or more, to jump into their SCUBA pool on Saturday, December 4th, from noon to 6 p.m., and take a photo with SCUBA Santa for FREE. Both certified and non-certified divers are welcome to participate in this unique holiday activity.

As part of the experience, non-certified divers will have a chance to put on all the gear and get in the pool to learn basic underwater breathing skills similar to the free Sport Chalet "Discover SCUBA" clinics hosted on the third Saturday of every month. For safety reasons, divers must be at least 10 years of age to participate. Customers are asked to bring a swimsuit and towel.

SCUBA Santa will be at the following Sport Chalet store locations: Arizona; Happy Valley, Tempe; California; Brea, Elk Grove, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, La Canada, Point Loma, Rancho Cucamonga, Thousand Oaks, Vacaville; Nevada; Las Vegas Arroyo Market Square; Utah; West Jordan.

The following stores will also be partnering with charitable organizations during the event. The Elk Grove Sport Chalet is partnering with Cosumnes Fire Department and the Elk Grove Food Bank for their holiday food drive program. The Point Loma event is being held in conjunction with the San Diego Dive Club and Father Joe's Saint Vincent de Paul Village as a toy drive for underprivileged children and families. The Rancho Cucamonga store is partnered with the Southern California Dive Club of the Inland Empire and the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots campaign.

For over 50 years Sport Chalet has been selling and renting top-of-the-line SCUBA equipment, and certifying more divers than any other dive shop in the nation. SCUBA Santa photos will be printed and given to the participant on the day of the event at no charge.

About Sport Chalet, Inc.

Sport Chalet, founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, is a leading, full service specialty retailer with 55 stores in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah; Sport Chalet online at sportchalet.com; and a Team Sales division. The Company offers more than 50 services for the serious sports enthusiast, including backpacking, canyoneering and kayaking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, SCUBA training and certification, SCUBA boat charters, team sales, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations.

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