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Disqualification Explanation

If you are disqualified (DQ'd) you were not doing your stroke correctly. When you get DQ'd the judge will put his or her hand up.  You will not receive a ribbon but will be shown a DQ card (below) by whoever is handing out the ribbons. Scroll down to view the ways you may be disqualified. The following are examples of common swimming mistakes which can result in a disqualification

Freestyle
- Touching the bottom of the pool
- Forward progress when hanging on lane lines
- Improper turns

Backstroke
- Body on breast during the swim or turn
- Kick on breast during the swim or turn
- Touching the wall while on breast/stomach

Breaststroke
- Head does not break surface of water
- On back when leaving wall
- More than one kick during the stroke cycle
- Improper kick (e.g., flutter, scissors or fly)
- Hands below hipline
- Arm/hand stroke not simultaneous
- Legs not simultaneous during kick
- Alter stroke / breaking the stroke cycle (e.g., to adjust goggles)

Butterfly

- Forward stroke below water
- Arm/hand stroke not simultaneous
- Legs not simultaneous during kick
- On back when leaving wall
- Improper kick (e.g., flutter, scissors or breast)

Other Disqualifications

- Underwater past the 15m marker
- More than one pull for a start, turn or cycle
- Walk or spring from bottom of pool
- One hand touch - turn or finish
- Alter stroke to remove goggles
- Finish in wrong lane
- Using lane lines to competitive advantage

Relays

- Incorrect stroke order
- Starting before prior leg of relay has touched wall