Kernes Adaptive Aquatics provides warm water exercise programs for children and adults with physical, emotional or developmental challenges to help maintain and improve their quality of life.
A Place for Healing
Sunny, open, friendly, hopeful. The Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool enables fully-supported, physical expression to help individuals with challenges renew and maintain their well-being and quality of life.
The 16’ x 30’ pool is enclosed and climate controlled to provide a comfortable environment both in and out of the pool. The water temperature is kept between 90°- 93°. A lift assists non-ambulatory clients into and out of the water. The showers and dressing area provide privacy and plenty of room for aides.
People of all ages and abilities, from toddlers to seniors, enjoy the pool. Some are recovering from surgery, accidents or strokes. Others are mitigating the debilitating affects of arthritis or other physical, emotional or developmental conditions. All receive relief that only warm water exercise can provide.
Children build motor skills and confidence; elders work to remain independent; individuals in wheelchairs gain mobility, strength, and confidence. All bring courage, perseverance and hope to their work at Kernes Pool.
Thank you notes
"My life is so much better because of my exercise and activity in the pool."
"I wanted to say what a wonderful experience my husband’s first day at the pool was. All the staff and clients were so welcoming. The facilities were so perfect for him. The workout was the most refreshing and psychologically invigorating “therapy” I have seen for him in a long time."
"Thank you so much for the scholarship to attend the pool. It is the best Thanksgiving and Christmas present I’ve ever had."
"My doctor said I would not have survived without the conditioning and strength I got at the pool."
"We want to thank you for the help you are giving Anthony. He was so weak and afraid and now he is strong and has come so far and loves every minute of his time in the pool."
Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool has been an integral part of the Monterey Peninsula community since it was built by Edith and Herb Perry in 1972.
From her experience teaching swimming to individuals with disabilities at pools around Monterey County, Edith Perry learned that warm water exercise helps people better than any other medium. The Perrys built the pool at their home in Monterey expressly to provide warm water exercise for people with disabilities. They named it for Edith’s mother who exemplified the community value and personal reward of service to others.
For the first years of operation, the pool was open 14 hours a week; limited by the facilities and funding. Over the years, the hours of operation expanded to serve more clients and add new programs. Today, the pool is open 49 hours a week with more than 15,000 visits scheduled each year.
In 1979, the Perrys moved from the area. Adaptive aquatics services continued under the leadership of Marvella Peterman, Executive Director of the Josephine Kernes Memorial Pool for 28 years. In 1986, the organization began a capital program to purchase the property and replace the aging structure. Funding was raised from contributions by generous foundations, service clubs and individuals. The board and staff worked with the architect to build a lasting facility that could serve people with a broad range of physical disabilities. The new pool opened its doors in July, 1992.back to top
Fees for instruction comprise less than one-third of Kernes Adaptive Aquatics’ revenue. The remainder is raised from individual donors, service clubs, businesses, municipalities, and foundations.
Kernes Adaptive Aquatics services are made accessible to people in need through affordable fees and scholarships. Two thirds of those benefitting from the programs are seniors with fixed or low incomes. On average, one third of the clients receive financial assistance through scholarships, more than half of whom are children.
Kernes Adaptive Aquatics thanks the generous individuals, businesses, service clubs, municipalities and foundations who make our work possible. Special annual support is provided by:
City of Monterey
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
Ralph Knox Foundation
Salinas Circle for Children
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