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A Christmas card photograph shot in the water with Santa. (Photo courtesy of Scuba Professionals of Arizona)
PHOENIX -- If you're looking to take a unique Christmas card photo, you may want to consider getting in the pool this winter.

For a donation of two canned food items to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank, you can get suited up and sent 13 feet underwater to sit on Santa's lap at Scuba Professionals of Arizona.

"The adults seem to like it more than the kids," said General Manager Paul Wagenseller. "We had a couple last year that went out and bought at one of these used clothing places a bunch of formal outfits, and (they) went to the bottom of the pool in tuxedos and long dresses."

The scuba photos will be offered Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9299 W. Olive Ave., Suite 816, Peoria, Ariz.

Wagenseller said last year the scuba shop had roughly 250 people show up.

This year, it is offering a full scuba course for anyone who donates 50 cans of food.

"It's good for us because it makes us feel good and we get more customers, and it's good for St. Mary's Food Bank because it gets a lot of food to feed the poor and homeless people," he said.

Scuba Professionals of Arizona also has an underwater camera that it will use to stream Saturday's photo shoot live on

Christina Estes, Reporter

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