Get fit on the water


  • Build core strength and aerobic stamina
  • Enjoy an outdoors water sport
  • Be part of a competitive club
  • Fitness testing to measure where you’re at, set goals and work towards achieving them
  • Race at regattas in NSW and the Australian Championships

Have fun off the water

  • Meet new people and make great new friends
  • Social events throughout the season
  • Pub nights after training
  • Race in social regattas
  • March in our Mardi Gras float

A bit about the club


Different Strokes is a Sydney-based club that was formed in 2008, with the aim of providing a social and fitness-focused sporting outlet for the gay and lesbian community, as well as their friends, family and supporters.

After years of continuous improvement, we are positioning ourselves as more than just a social club. Our race crews have continued to raise the bar at regattas, with wins and placings in finals, as well as member representation at both the state and Australian level.

Our club’s strongest asset is our team spirit. We paddle with a collective determination to challenge stereotypes with our successes, showcase diversity by increasing our visibility, and spark positive change through our actions.

Latest blog posts

Different Strokes turns 10 - Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. From its small beginnings when nine members entered the club’s first regatta in 2008, the club now has over 100 members with multiple teams competing.
Happy Mardi Gras - It’s Mardi Gras Season! Thank you for visiting us at our Fair Day stall. If you didn’t, sorry we missed you.
DBNSW Regatta Series – Race 4 (15 January 2017) - Wowsers! There goes the final points regatta prior to Chinese New Year as well as State and National Championship races.  We saw great spirit, passion and drive from all the teams that went out on the water. With the morning races focusing on the mixed crews, we had Gin, Tonic, and Mixed Master go out … Continue reading DBNSW Regatta Series – Race 4 (15 January 2017)
3rd Annual Trivia Night - Different Strokes is hosting our friends, family, other LGBTQ clubs and all our fellow paddlers in the dragon boat community in a fab night full of Trivia questions, raffles, games, silent auctions, and prizes galore.

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