Every Donation is Doubled!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Harden Foundation, every contribution to Kernes Pool is being matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000! Your donation can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one, to provide therapeutic scholarships for a Veteraan or child, or just to help Kernes Pool stay warm and welcoming for everyone who needs it.

Please consider making a gift at this time. Every dollar you contribute now really equals two dollars! Heartfelt thanks to the Harden Foundation for their support - and thank YOU for making this matching award a success.


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 and to receive this award.



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:



Free, Therapeutic Warm Water Exercise
for People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Through a special grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, people with spinal cord injuries can receive free, therapeutic warm water exercise services at Kernes Pool through October, 2019. Sessions are personalized to maximize each person's abilities and goals. Kernes Pool has a special lift to comfortably assist people into and out of the pool, our aquatic staff is experienced in the special needs of spinal injuries, and dressing rooms are private and roomy. One client tells us, "By working out at the Pool, my balance, strength, and cardio are much better, and I feel more confident in my daily activities." To enroll in this program or to visit Kernes Pool call 831 372-1240.


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 Dorothy Alvee Living Trust

The Anna J. Davis Revocable Trust

The Frederick W. and Leila Crakes Grothem Revocable Trust



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.

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