Team Navy surf rowers super season

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT James Tew (author), POCD Troy Pudney (photographer)

Topic(s): Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL)

 (photo: Troy Pudney)

The 2016/17 season of the Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League is well underway with the first events taking place in November and continuing through the summer.

With activities in Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales, the Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League series is set to float your boat wherever you may be this season.

Team Navy Manager, Lieutenant Commander Don Hogarth said the League was only getting better with age.

“This is the second year that Team Navy has been associated with the national series and it is great to see that numbers of participants are increasing every year,” he said.

“Navy is proud to be involved again in a sport that encourages health, fitness, teamwork and resilience and being able to get out into communities that typically don't have a lot of contact with Navy,” Lieutenant Commander Hogarth said.

The Team Navy national series culminates in the Open which is set to be held at Shellharbour, New South Wales between 17-19 February 2017.

Much like Navy, the history of Australian Surf Boats is one that is ingrained in Australian coastal life. Surf boat competition is believed to have begun in New South Wales in the early 1900s after the boats were developed as rescue craft, however, with the introduction of inflatable boats the surf boats were retired.

In today's competition, all members of the surf boat crews must be volunteer surf life savers. Crews from all over Australia compete at a local, state and a national level ahead of the national competition.

With more than 3000 volunteer members from across 260 clubs, competing in competitions around Australia, Team Navy’s relationship with the League assists surf lifesaving clubs to compete all across Australia."

“By nurturing the sport, Navy provides the Australian Surf Rowers League with the necessary resources to assist them in recruiting and training lifesavers, both male and female,” Lieutenant Commander Hogarth said.

To find out where the next Team Navy Australian Surf Rowers League event is taking place in your state, visit

Alternatively, the series will be streamed live online with links to be shared via the Team Navy ASRL Facebook page.