The Bentos Scuba Diving Club of Kazan State Medical University organized diving and dancing at the bottom of the lake.
Kazan scuba divers traditionally installed a New Year’s tree at the bottom of the Blue Lake. The Bentos Scuba Diving Club of Kazan State Medical University held a traditional event for the 44th time in a row on December 26.
The Blue Lake is unique and does not freeze even in winter, the temperature in it is +4-6 degrees year-round, and visibility is 60 m. It is located near the village of Shcherbakovka on the M7 highway. The Blue Lakes system is included into the project of a “Mirrors of Tatarstan” tourist and recreational cluster. Presently, the lakes are under threat due to the destruction of the coastline, but thanks to the project, they will be preserved. It is planned to develop activity centers and eco-trails in the adjacent territory.
About 60 people participated in the New Year's event, more than twenty experienced and young scuba divers took part in the diving activity. The Bentos Scuba Diving Club was founded 44 years ago, its members are KSMU professors, their families and students. During this time, scuba divers took part in 126 expeditions, and next year the club will celebrate its jubilee.
The divers decorated a small New Year’s tree with balls and lights. The crown of the tree is decorated with a golden star. Father Frost and the Snow Maiden brought the tree to the dive site. They wished the divers success in the New Year and a good diving.
The New Year’s tree was installed on the bottom at a depth of about 10 m, fixed on a hook screwed into a log. Interesting fact, the lights will be turned on for two weeks.
Scuba divers danced under the water, took pictures, and some experienced divers even drank a couple of sips of sparkling wine. The New Year’s tree is dismantled every year at the same time - on the night of January 13-14.
“Other clubs in Tatarstan and other cities imparted this tradition. We gather with tents, communicate, arrange quizzes – said Renat Galimov, chair of Bentos club. –Young people participate in the dive, and this is good. This proves that we have a future”.
During the year, the Bentos club regularly holds such diving events, for example, celebrates the foundation day of the club on February 23. In addition, medical divers participate in numerous expeditions to search for war graves of the Great Patriotic War.