Surf Boat Rowing is an addictive team sport that will get your adrenaline pumping. Boat crews are made up for 4 rowers and one sweep who stands at the rear of the boat and steers. Their aim is to launch the heavy wooden boat out through the surf, row around the course cans and make it back to the beach as quickly as possible. It sounds easy enough, but large swell often sees boats capsizing, rolling over, back shooting and at times standing completely vertical before throwing the crew into the ocean.

Surf Boat Rowing is very much a team sport and the comradery shared between crew members branches out through the whole boat section. Darwin Boaties train together, host several social events throughout the year and compete at Surf Boat Competitions throughout the season.  Becoming a Boatie means adopting a lifestyle which is fun, social and exciting. If this sounds like you then join us today! No experience in rowing is necessary, just be ready to get in shape, meet some awesome people & enjoy the addictive sport of surf boat rowing.

Boaties need to be at least 16 years of age and hold a Bronze Medallion. If you would like to row but don’t have your Bronze we would love to hear from you! DSLSC offers Bronze Courses throughout the season so we can have you out and rowing in no time. 

Surf Boat Come n' Try and Racing dates

Novices are welcome to come and try the surf boats each Friday. Meet at DSLSC Casuarina, at the club rooms or down on the beach where the surf-boats are.
Wear bathers and stinger protection (stinger suit, or stockings/long socks). Bring a hat and water bottle. Look for the surf-boats!
(Not suitable for children, non-members 17 yrs+, SRC qualified cadets 14 yrs+).

On race weeks, novices might only get a short row at the start - or they may end up in a race - depending on numbers. Likewise, we always need a couple of experienced rowers to come down and help out with the novices

The dates, based on tides, are as follows:

Come and Try/Social Rowing: October 25th, November 8th, November 22nd and December 6th 

Races (with a novice warm up session): October 11th, October 18th, November 1st, November 15th, November 29th and December 13th.