If you are swimming in the ocean and are caught in a rip current, the first thing you should do is REMAIN CALM. You will know you are in a rip current because it will pull you further from the shore out into the ocean. Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the pull of the rip tide, then head in towards the shore.
Keep aloe vera gel on hand to treat sunburns. This gel will have an immediate cooling affect and also promote faster healing. Another good solution is to mix vinegar with water to relieve the pain and itching from sunburn. White vinegar is also good for treating Jellyfish stings; fill a small spray bottle with vinegar and pack it in your beach bag for emergencies. In the event of severe swelling, seek medical attention. It is also a good idea to pack a small first aid kit with anti-bacterial cream and bandaids.
You need to apply sunscreen early and throughout your day on the beach. This applies to children as well as adults and remember that children’s skin is especially sensitive to the sun’s rays. Use a strong sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 or higher. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to take children into the sun. Remember to stay hydrated too, while enjoying your day on the beach. Drink plenty of water as exposure to the sun and salty water can drain a lot of fluid from your body. Some of the general symptoms of dehydration are dizziness, nausea and very dry mouth and lips.