The Morro Bay Harbor Department
Dax Theis joined the Morro Bay Harbor Patrol team in 2019. Although originally a California native, Dax spent 7 years in the Virgin Islands working on charter boats. In Dax’s career he has Captained a wide variety of boats and offers a unique set of skills to the Harbor Department. Dax’s love for the water is obvious. In his free time you might catch Dax in the line up, riding bikes or exploring the central coast with his family.
Hi, my name is Stella Nicodemus! I’ve been working for the Harbor Department since the fall of 2019. I became a lifeguard in 2016 with experience in 3 different counties. I’m finishing my degree at Cal Poly with a B.S in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Public Safety and fire ecology which has been extremely applicable for this occupation. I enjoy surfing, fishing, and hiking in my free time. It’s hard to pick a favorite aspect of the job but my top is learning from the full-time officers and being involved in this special community.
Ari Maksoudian, a SLO native, has always loved the outdoors. Though, it wasn’t until he enrolled in a junior lifeguard program did he truly come to love the water. In 2019 he attended the USLA lifeguard academy to become an aide for the Morro Bay JG program. The summer of 2020 presented him the opportunity to be employed as a beach lifeguard. And in January 2021 he joined the team as a Reserve Harbor Patrol Officer. Ari knew from early on that helping others would be a part of his life and he is stoked with the opportunities the Harbor Department has given him.
Keenan Levine joined the Harbor Department team in February of 2021 as a Reserve Officer after graduating from the fire academy in December 2020. He has also worked as a Reserve Firefighter for the Morro Bay Fire Department since 2019. Keenan offers experience as an emergency medical technician/ambulance operator, ocean lifeguard, and wildland firefighter. Some of Keenan’s most notable memories growing up in Los Osos include playing in the ocean as a junior lifeguard and surfing. He is a very high-energy person and loves challenging himself. He recently completed his long-time goal of running a marathon. Currently, most of his free time is spent surfing or doing a variety of physical/endurance training.
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