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

Standing Up and Standing Out for today’s Wear It Purple Paddle Day - 💜💜💜 Standing Up and Standing Out for today’s Wear It Purple Paddle Day! Have a great weekend everyone! 💜💜💜 


Merry Christmas - Different Strokes would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We will be putting our paddles up for a little rest until the 3rd January 2019 when we start training hard towards Nationals in April.


The rainbow team bringing inclusivity to dragon boating. - By Hannah Gray Representing Australia in sport is a special and privileged moment I was lucky enough to experience. On Friday the 9th of December 2018, The Aurora’s travelled to Foshan, China, for the 13th Asian Championships. I started dragon boat racing after a few mates of mine found out about it at Sydney’s Fair Day … Continue reading The rainbow team bringing inclusivity to dragon boating.


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.


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