East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue (EHVOR), an all volunteer emergency response organization, has been responding to water emergencies, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, since 2003. 

Our mission is to make expedient and safe water rescues year-round at all unprotected beaches in the Town of East Hampton by responding quickly and coordinating with East Hampton Emergency Services. We are responsible for open water education, water safety and the supervision of permitted water events. 



  • train regularly throughout the Town of East Hampton, in coordination with multiple Emergency Agencies, to be prepared for any water emergency from Wainscot to Montauk

  • promote water safety and education by assisting the Hampton Lifeguard Association (HLA) in drown-proofing the East End

  • assist with training and testing all lifeguards on the East End

  • assist with the Town of East Hampton's Junior Lifeguard program for those aged 9 to 14

  • conduct a Nanny Program to educate nannies in water safety

  • run educational press releases for Beach Safety Week on the dangers of rip currents

  • have installed Rip Current signs at all the town’s ocean beach access points

  • safeguard thousands of swimmers each year at open water swims and triathlons in the Town of East Hampton, many of which are charitable events that benefit cancer research, Fighting Chance, Surfers Healing and Paddle for Pink.

The East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue traces its roots back to the Dory Rescue Squad, which was comprised of a group of dory boat fishermen who applied their unique professional skills to the noble enterprise of protecting lives in the waters around East Hampton, no matter the conditions. The end of the dory fishing era on Eastern Long Island forced the Dory Rescue Squad to disband. East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue continues the tradition of the Dory Rescue Squad by taking on the responsibility of protecting swimmers throughout the Town of East Hampton.