Sevastopol divers traditionally celebrated New Year underwater- with a real New Year tree, champagne and surrounded by dolphins. The most important thing was to prepare the New Year tree for plunging. A special weight belt was attached to the trunk of the tree; decorations were carefully tied to the branches. Diving took place near Cape Aya in Sevastopol. The tree was fastened to the underwater rock. The divers danced around it celebrating the New Year. Given the impossibility to pour champagne into the glasses, the divers had it straight from the bottle.

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