Sport Chalet Equips Scuba Enthusiasts With More Than Just The Gear

      Sport Chalet Equips Scuba Enthusiasts With More Than Just The Gear

Specialty sporting goods retailer offers PADI certification courses among fall
in-store line-up

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2013

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This fall, aspiring scuba divers
can reach their personal goals of exploring the undersea world by enrolling in
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) courses at any of Sport
Chalet's 48 indoor PADI Five Star Dive Centers. With more than 50 years in the
dive industry, the specialty sporting goods retailer offers everything from
the proper gear, to hands-on instructional courses with on-site PADI
Instructors who are trained to take you through each step of your scuba


This season, aspiring divers can choose to enroll in any of the nine different
PADI courses available at Sport Chalet's 48 five-star training locations, 32
of which have training pools onsite. With access to more than 500 PADI
Professional Leadership Staff employees, consumers can start the New Year
enjoying underwater adventures that vary by skill level, such as: Discover
Scuba® Diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, SCUBA Tune-Up,
Dive Theory Online, Digital Underwater Photographer, Enriched Air Diver,
Instructor Development Course and Divemaster.

"Our long-term partnership with PADI has enabled us to engage consumers in the
sport of scuba diving through services that go beyond the traditional role of
an equipment provider," said Craig Levra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
of Sport Chalet. "Our Sport Chalet PADI Five-Star Dive Centers throughout
California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah collectively certify more divers than any
other dive center in the country. This showcases the consumer demand for
convenient access to our knowledgeable diving experts and proper training,
while demonstrating the success of our comprehensive scuba offerings."

Sport Chalet invites new divers to get their PADI certification in just a few
simple steps:

  oDevelop an understanding of the basic principles of scuba diving with PADI
    eLearning®—a flexible at-home online study program
  oLearn everything from setting up your scuba gear, to how to easily get
    water out of your scuba mask in a series of confined-water dives with a
    Sport Chalet PADI Instructor
  oConduct four open water dives with your instructor to fully experience the
    underwater adventure scuba diving

To help you obtain your PADI Open Water Diver certification or to advance your
existing level, Sport Chalet offers a variety of scuba services, including
on-site group classes and one-on-one training for those who require special
accommodations to complete the scuba certification program. For divers looking
for an easy and safe way to travel, Sport Chalet offers multi-day, single-day
and half-day weekend scuba boat charters conducted by PADI-certified Sport
Chalet Experts.

Whether renting or purchasing, Sport Chalet is a one-stop shop for quality
equipment and care, including custom wet and dry suits, prescription lenses
for masks, a state-of-the-art repair center and cylinder hydrostatic testing.

For more information on Sport Chalet's fall PADI educational programs or any
of its scuba services, visit For additional media
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About Sport Chalet
Sport Chalet (Nasdaq: SPCHA, SPCHB) is a premier, full-service, specialty
sporting goods retailer featuring the industry's top sports brands in apparel,
footwear and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company
has 52 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah; an online store at; a team sales division; and offers more than 50 specialty
services for the sports enthusiast, including online, same-day delivery,
climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education,
mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental
and repair, scuba training and certification, scuba boat charters, team sales,
gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing
and bicycle tune-up and repair. For more information, visit Sport Chalet at

SOURCE Sport Chalet

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