EAST HAMPTON VOLUNTEER OCEAN RESCUE
East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue (EHVOR), an on-call first responder organization, has been coming to the aid of water emergency victims 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since 2003.
The mission of East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue (EHVOR) is to make expedient and safe water rescues year-round at all unprotected beaches by responding quickly and coordinating with East Hampton Emergency Services. EHVOR is responsible for open water education, water safety and the supervision of permitted water events.
EHVOR is comprised of 80+ volunteers, most of whom are ocean lifeguard certified. EHVOR first responders are dispatched through 911 to various emergency calls including distressed swimmers, kite boarders, and kayakers. EHVOR also supports dive team, ice rescue, Marine Patrol, and Coast Guard operations.
EHVOR's dedicated members train regularly in coordination with multiple emergency agencies to be prepared to respond to emergency events in and around the water.
EHVOR realizes the importance of water safety in East Hampton, a town surrounded by water, and is committed to:
organizing the Nanny Program which is geared to caretakers with children who have not yet learned to swim
assisting with Nipper swim training for children ages 6-8
assisting with Junior Lifeguard training and certification for ages 9-14
assisting with Still Water and Ocean Rescue Lifeguard training and certification for ages 16+ for East End residents
creating educational press releases about the dangers of rip currents and distributing them during Beach Safety Week
installing and maintaining rip current signs at East Hampton Town ocean beach access points
safeguarding thousands of swimmers each year at charitable open water swims, triathlons, as well as surfing and paddle board events.
EHVOR is supported by Town and Village of East Hampton budget lines. The Hampton Lifeguard Association (HLA) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to “waterproof the East End of Long Island” that provides, by request, additional support to EHVOR for equipment upgrades and supplemental costs.