Splash Zone by Christine Crozier


Art Auction and Wine Tasting was a great success thanks to YOU!

On May 11th more than 100 guests gathered to enjoy fine art, food and wine in support of Kernes Kids scholarships.

Heartfelt thanks to the talented artists, generous supporters, and dedicated volunteers who made this event so successful. Visit our Facebook page to post or see photos of the fun!

Over $11,000 has been raised for warm water exercise programs for children with special needs.  Up to $15,000 will be matched through a grant from the Harden Foundation. To help raise the remaining amount for Kernes Kids, please use the Donate button above. Your matching gift makes a wonderful difference to children at Kernes Pool.

Special Thanks

Harden Foundation


Best Western Hotel

Carmel Woman’s Club

Chateau Sinnet Winery

Church of the Good Shepherd

Disneyland Resort

Hahn Family Wines

Letty Sloma Photography

Midlife Crisis Wines

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Pacific Repertory Theatre

Pier 39

Sheid Vineyards

Suzanne Dorrance Photography

Taelen Thomas

Turf Club Catering

List of Contributing Artists


Kernes Pool's work is acknowledged by the Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County

The Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool was recognized by NAMC for our organizations's outstanding contribution to the community in the field of Healthcare.  We are honored to receive this award and wish to thank all who make our work possible.



Would you or someone you know benefit from warm water exercise?

One person in five has a disability.  Please share our website with friends and family for information about our warm water exercise programs and other community resources.

How to Enroll

Enrollment Application

Physician Consent Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Fee Schedule


Kernes Adaptive Aquatics provides warm water exercise programs that help children and adults with special needs gain health, strength, mobility and confidence.

Our 92 degree water and skilled staff foster comfort, dignity and hope through 10,000 hours of instruction and exercise each year. We offer a wide range of programs, from fully-assisted to independent exercise and Aquatic Exercise classes.

The Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool has been an integral part of the Monterey Peninsula since 1972. 

Click here for a virtual visit to the Pool:


Be Fit and Have Fun!

Scholarships Available

If you have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you may be eligibile for a low or no-cost exercise program at Kernes Pool through a grant from the Catherine Curtis Springer Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. For more information or to apply, call the Pool at 831-372-1240 or return a completed enrollment application.


Kernes Pool has a new roof

thanks to the City of Monterey

The City of Monterey replaced the Pool's 25 year-old roof through its Community Development Block Grant Program. The work was completed 'just in time' for the rains that hit the coast! Not only does the grant keep our pool safe, it allows us to spend valuable resources where they are most needed - to care for our clients. Many thanks to the City of Monterey and the expert staff of the Housing Department for making this big project a reality.


Thank you to the generous foundations, service organizations, businesses and individuals who support Kernes Pool. Please see our list of wonderful donors.


Kernes Pool deeply appreciates the contributions of these donors for their commitment to our future through their legacy gifts. We are proud to honor their memory through our work.

The Anna J. Davis Revocable Trust

The Frederick W. and Leila Crakes Grothem Revocable Trust


Kernes Pool also thanks these foundations for their special support. They truly make our work possible:

The Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Harden Foundation

Monterey Peninsula Foundation


Kernes Pool in the News:

Monterey Herald ~ November 29, 2017


Our Newsletters:

LifeSaver Newsletter ~ Fall



This website made possible in part through a grant from the

Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Website & Video developed by Current Wave Media.