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The mission of the HLA is to WATERPROOF LONG ISLAND’S SOUTH FORK and beyond through education and training.  In order to promote the safe use and enjoyment of our many water resources in all communities, HLA provides assistance and participation in water safety programs and lifeguard activities that maintain the well-being for its members and the surrounding communities. In addition, HLA upholds a high standard of lifeguarding through training and lifeguard competitions for all age group programs.


HLA does this by supporting the following:


  • Nipper program for children ages 6 through 8


  • Junior Lifeguard program for children ages 9 through 15


  • In-School Swim programs for children in 1st through 5th grade students attending local schools


  • East Hampton YMCA Hurricane Swim Club (ages 7 through 18), which competes year-round


  • Open Water Cadet Lifeguard program for prospective lifeguards aged 15 or 16


  • Lifeguard Training program, which certifies Lifeguards, ages 15 through 70, to work at any pool, bay or ocean beach



All programs are made possible through the combined efforts and support of HLA, Town of East Hampton, Village of East Hampton, and East Hampton YMCA RECenter. 

HLA is also very proud of and thankful to all our governmental agencies, lifeguards, parents, sponsors and other organizations that support the organization with all of its endeavors. HLA cannot sustain and grow all of these programs without their help and support.

The non-profit HLA is a 501(c)(3) formed in 1992. HLA is a charter member of the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA). The USLA is a nonprofit professional association of beach lifeguards and open water rescuers that sets national standards for lifesaving.

 Become a member of HLA and USLA for $35 in annual dues.

Please note the USLA membership begins on July 1st and expires on June 30th of each year regardless of when you initially join. If you join between April 1st and June 30th your enrollment will be automatically delayed until July 1st of that year.

When you join you will  receive:

Please support EHVOR by making a donation through

HLA here​

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