Today I’m going to be looking at the backstroke finish. Specifically, when you dive back for the wall, you cannot be fully submerged prior to touching the wall. Here I am completing my final turn before heading to the finish. Once I surface off the turn, I cannot re-submerge before touching the wall. Let’s look at some finishes. In real time, it’s sometimes tough to tell. But you can’t submerge completely underwater prior to touching the wall. Let’s watch in slow motion. On the left, my body is totally submerged underwater as I dive back. That would be a disqualification. Let’s look at another one. Now you don’t have to keep your body entirely on top of the water. You just can’t be completely submerged. A toe, or a shoulder, or hip breaking the surface of the water is all that’s required. Once again the finish on the left would be a disqualification. I’m completely submerged. The finish on the right is OK. Let’s look at a few more from a different angle. To avoid disqualification, don’t dive back to early. Know your stroke count from the flags to the wall. Remember: Diving back for the wall is legal. You just can’t be fully submerged.