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

Race 2 – 2019 - What a cracker of a day! Today’s 2019/20 Regatta Series Race 2 pushed our paddlers, sweeps, drummers, and coaches to a different level. And these silverwares gave us such a 500m high!🥉Senior A Mixed🥈Premier Mixed🥇Premier Women🥇Senior A Women🥉Senior A OpensPremier Opens 6th Great work to our new paddlers on their first race! 💪🏼And congratulations to … Continue reading Race 2 – 2019


Race 1 – 2019 - DBNSW 2019/20 Race 1: SUN, WIND, WATER AND BLINGS! Hard work and success met today! Great work from our paddlers, drummers, [spectacular] sweeps, and coaches! Awesome racing across all our crews with 55 of our members on the water: Premier Mixed – Gold 🥇Senior A Mixed – Silver 🥈Premier Women’s – Gold 🥇Senior A Women’s … Continue reading Race 1 – 2019


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.


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