Kernes welcomes two new Board Members

Kernes Adaptive Aquatics announces the election of two new members to the Board of Directors.  Marcia Weber-Olsen, Ph.D., CCC-SP, is an Autism Education consultant and Lea Goodman is a business owner and manager. These members bring experience, enthusiasm and energy to help us fulfill our mission to provide warm water exercise for people of all ages and abilities.

Read more here.


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.

How to Enroll

Enrollment Application

Physician Consent Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Fee Schedule


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. 

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Scholarships Now 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 Raflle Contributors


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.

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