You're Invited!

Kernes Open House

Tuesday, April 28

5:00 - 6:30

15 Portola Avenue Monterey

Special Guest:

Dr. Seth Pollack

Founder and Director of the Service Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay

Join us for refreshments, music, a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and a fun Ducky Raffle.

Want a chance to win great prizes? Use the Donate button at the top of this page, add the word 'Ducks' to your contribution, and you'll get a Lucky Ducky in the Pool for every $10 you donate!

1st Prize: Disneyland Vacation

2nd Prize: Samsung

Galaxy Tablet

3rd Prize: San Francisco Adventure Package

Plus many gift baskets and certificates to local restaurants and attractions

(Winners are notified at the event and by email.)


Children Learn and Play at Kernes Pool

Thanks to your support and grants from the Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation and Autism Speaks, 30 children are learning to swim at Kernes Pool.

In addition to physical benefits, warm water exercise improves children’s coordination, social interaction and communication skills. One mom notes, “The pool helps my son feel more relaxed, more confident, more focused.”


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.

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Become a Lifesaver Legacy Member

Make a lasting contribution to health and quality of life in our community by including Kernes in your will or estate planning. For more information contact Lynn Young:


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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 15,000 hours of instruction and exercise each year. We offer a wide range of programs, from fully-assisted to independent exercise, as well as Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program 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:


New Scholarships Available

for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and

Gulf War-related Conditions

Kernes has received a grant from the Katherine Curtis Springer Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Patient Support Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.  If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you may qualify for free personalized warm water exercise at Kernes Pool. Fun, gentle exercise restores your health and energy. Soothing water relaxes muscles and relieves pain. Being among friends renews the spirit. For more information call 831-372-1240 or click here to email us.


Thank you Harden Foundation for

a matching grant for operations!

The Harden Foundation's generous matching grant helps cover essential costs such as utilities, water, insurance, custodial services, supplies, and many other necessary day-to-day expenses for a whole year.

Every dollar you donate is now worth two!


Kernes Adaptive Aquatics thanks

these foundations, agencies and organizations for their vital support:

Autism Speaks

Carmel Woman's Club

City of Monterey

Community Foundation for Monterey County

Harden Foundation

International Pool and Spa Service Association

Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation

Roney-Fitzpatrick Foundation

Rotary Club of Carmel

Salinas Circle for Children

The Allen S. Taylor Foundation

The Grothem Revocable Trust

The Mildred Hitchcock Huff Charitable Trust

The Ralph Knox Foundation


Lucky Ducky Raffle Contributors

Adventures by the Sea

Ariel Theatrical

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Best Western Hotels

Brunke Chiropractic

California Academy of Sciences

Chateau Sinnet Winery of Carmel

Cheryl Kinney of Pebbles Art Gallery

Cognito Clothing


Fandango Restaurant

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Hula's Island Grill

Monterey Bay Whale Watch

MY Museum

Nepenthe Restaurant

Pebble Beach Resorts ~ Sticks Restaurant

Pepe International, Inc. ~ Vesuvio Restaurant

Pier 39

San Francisco 49ers

SandBar and Grill

Wild Thyme Deli & Cafe


Heartfelt thanks to all our generous supporters!

(We add names as donations come in.

Please check back often to see yours!)


This website made possible in part through a grant from the

Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Website & Video developed by Current Wave Media.