Under-water planting gets Jon in the Xmas mood

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A BIZARRE Christmas tradition continued this year for a team of divers from Cranfield.

On Christmas Eve, Jon Baker, business coach and director at venture-Now in Cranfield, took his festive spirit under water by planting and decorating a Christmas tree at the bottom of the lake at the National Dive Centre in Stoney Cove, Leicestershire.

Jon, along with a few friends and family members set themselves this challenge five years ago, and it has since become a Christmas tradition.

He said:“We regularly dive together and were keen to achieve something that had not been done before.

“It was supposed to be a one-off, but we enjoyed it so much that it has become part of our annual Christmas celebrations.

“Putting tinsel on a Christmas tree under water while wearing thick diving gloves certainly makes decorating a tree at home seem easy.”

This year’s dive took 45 minutes and included a small amount of difficulty caused by the weight of the tree and its drag as pulled through the water.

Putting his business performance improvement know-how into action, Jon shortens the time taken to complete the task each year.

“It is deeply satisfying to focus upon a task and achieve a successful outcome.

“Setting and completing challenges on a regular basis helps develop determination and problem solving acumen, even if the task is light-hearted.”