Biography

Farhad Madani is the founder of Aquatic Safety Experts LLC. Prior to beginning his work in aquatic safety consulting, Farhad Madani was a dedicated public servant, serving for over twenty-seven (27) years with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, a nationally accredited agency. Spending much of his career in aquatics management and operations, Farhad worked his way up through the ranks starting as a lifeguard in the summer of 1980 and eventually becoming the Assistant Director overseeing the areas of aquatics, recreation programming, parks operations & maintenance, and golf & athletics. Farhad retired from the department as Assistant Director in the spring of 2010. During his tenure, the department received many top awards from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), including the National Gold Medal Award in 2004, which recognized the department as best overall in the country. The department also received the 1999 and 2006 Excellence in Aquatic Award for demonstrating best aquatic management practices under his leadership. Furthermore, Farhad has held numerous other leadership positions, including serving as a Board Member for the NRPA National Aquatic Branch between 1999 and 2007, and ultimately serving as Branch President in 2006. He also served as the National Aquatic Conference Educational Chair from 2001-2004. Between 2005 and 2008, Farhad was an active member of the United States Lifeguarding Coalition, conducting research in various lifeguarding skill areas. In addition, Mr. Madani is a founder and a Board member of Association of Aquatic Professionals, serving as a treasurer, this nonprofit organization provides educational and research opportunities for all facets of aquatic industries, including public entities and communities throughout the United States. In addition, Finally, Farhad has been included in the Who's Who in Aquatic Leadership in the United States multiple times, was featured in 2005 as one of the top 25 Influential Aquatic Leaders in the country in the Aquatics International Magazine, he is Recipient of 2011 Paragon Award for contribution to the Aquatic Safety in the World presented by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and again he was featured in 2013 as one of the top 25 influential people of the past 25 years in the Country by the Aquatic International Magazine. ..

Professional Experience

March 2010 - Present, Aquatic Safety Experts LLC.

Consultant

July 1980 - March 2010, Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin

Assistant Director, August 2004 - March 2010 (retired)

  • Provided direction and leadership for the operation of five divisions: Community Services Divisions, Golf and Tennis Division, Cultural Arts, Aquatic and Maintenance Divisions, and Park Districts. These divisions have a workforce of over 200 regular employees and 1,000 temporary/seasonal employees.
  • Monitored and analyzed the annual budget of the Divisions, including $22 million in general funds, $6.5 million in enterprise funds, and over $1 million in grants.
  • Monitored and authorized major expenses/expenditures for the Divisions; developed long-range goals and objectives.
  • Lead and conducted research into alternative techniques for managing and maintaining recreation, golf course, cultural facilities, parks districts, and swimming pool facilities.
  • Investigated and responded to calls, requests, and complaints from citizens; maintained correspondence with attorneys; made recommendations regarding the outcome of claims.
  • Represented the City and Department at board, commissions, and public meetings.
  • Provided advice and assistance to citizens, contractors, management, and worked with public and advisory boards to resolve issues and conflicts.
  • Provided direction, recommendation, and justification of Capital Improvement Projects for facilities.
  • Managed project for replacement of gas chlorine systems with a dry chlorine (pellet) system to eliminate the risk of a major accident.
  • Reviewed and recommended all aspects of building a new pool facility to the city engineers, planners, consultants, and contractors.
  • Informed Division Manager of any potential hazards and issues within the Aquatics environment.
  • Coordinated advertising, marketing, and promotions for special events, programs, and employment.

Aquatic and Safety Division Manager (Aquatic Director and Department’s Risk Manager), 2001 - 2004

  • Directed and managed proper operations of 47 swim facilities and one waterfront facility.
  • Risk Manager and Safety Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Led and/or conducted research regarding alternative techniques for managing and maintaining pools.
Budget Development, Management and Operations, Financial, and Capital Improvement
  • Planned, organized, directed, and reviewed development and coordination of division, including managing a $3.7M budget.
  • Developed, directed, implemented, and approved marketing plan for facilities, programs, and events.
  • Managed and directed the aquatic program and aquatic maintenance, safety program, risk management, budget development, human resources, claims, and compliance.
  • Monitored and authorized expenses/expenditures; developed annual and long-range goals and objectives.
  • Collaborated with other departments and agencies (i.e., schools, private businesses, and other governmental agencies).
  • Provided advice and assistance to citizens, contractors, management, and worked with public and advisory boards to resolve issues and conflicts.
  • Planned, recommended, and justified Capital Improvement Projects for new swimming pool facilities.
  • Performed contract management duties, including negotiations, approval, and monitoring of contracts.
  • Managed, controlled, and audited cash handling and receipts for facilities involved in collection of fees.
  • Reviewed and recommended all aspects of building new pool facilities to City engineers, planners, consultants, and contractors.
  • Represented City and Department at the boards, commissions, and public meetings.
Human Resources Administration and Training
  • Conducted Work Place Safety Training for Parks and Recreation employees.
  • Conducted New Employee Orientation for 700 Lifeguards annually.
  • Managed the safety of 1,300 employees and the park police officers of the department.
  • Developed, directed, coordinated, implemented, and monitored city-wide swimming and water safety recreation, education, training, programs, and events.
  • Directed and managed proper maintenance of 47 swim facilities.
  • Provided expert advice and monitored pool contracts and contractors to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.
Risk Management, Safety, Claims, and Prevention
  • Developed, directed, implemented, and monitored risk management programs, including safety and lifeguard audits.
  • Investigated and responded to calls, requests, and complaints from citizens; maintained correspondence with attorneys; and made recommendations on the outcome of a claim.
  • Responsible for investigations of employee injury, patron injury, and vehicle collision.
  • Implemented and administered safety programs, analysis, problem solving, and corrective action plans.
  • Developed and implemented processes, methods, and tools designed to measure, evaluate, and monitor departmental safety performance.
  • Reviewed and approved process for Parks and Recreation Department’s Accident Prevention Plan.
  • Implemented and administered safety programs, managed analysis, problem solving, and corrective action plans
Program/Project Management
  • Communicated project and program information to management and others, as needed.
  • Coordinated programs and activities with other city and public organizations; directed, implemented, and approved service guidelines and the promotion of facilities, programs, and events.

Aquatics Program Manager (Aquatic Director), 1995 - 2001

  • Prepared, monitored, and implemented a $3.5 million budget.
  • Recruited, hired, trained, supervised, and evaluated 550 seasonal employees, three full-time program supervisors, an aquatics maintenance supervisor, and five additional full-time maintenance personnel who serviced and maintained 46 pool facilities.
  • Created system upgrades dealing with hazardous materials and safety inspections of pool facility sites.
  • Implemented and administered the Parks and Recreation Department Policies and City of Austin Ordinances for pool usage by individuals, area daycare centers, and various other groups.
  • Managed and instructed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid, Lifeguard Training, and Basic and Advanced Rescue classes.
  • Acted as a liaison between City of Austin and other agencies, including the ECSD, EPA, Texas Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, state and local health departments, the American Red Cross, area day care centers, private instructors, community groups, area school districts, and private businesses, to develop a better working relationship between the groups and provided services and programs that benefited all parties.
  • Managed the “Instructional Swim Program,? “Swim Team Program,? and the “City-Wide Swim Meet.?
  • Generated revenues from new programs, including water aerobics, master swim programs, private instructors, splash parties, and movie nights.
  • Developed and implemented new cleaning procedures to improve the quality and safety of swimming at Barton Springs pool.

Public Service Manager (Aquatic Maintenance Manager), 1993 - 1995

  • Managed an annual $750K budget; supervised and evaluated six full-time employees and six seasonal employees.
  • Oversaw routine maintenance and major repairs and maintained system upgrades dealing with hazardous materials and safety inspection of pool facilities.
  • Implemented and administered Parks and Recreation Department policies that applied to employees on work sites.
  • Administered City of Austin Ordinances, Fire Codes, EPA regulations, Texas Natural Resource Commission Regulations, and City and State Department of Health Ordinances and Regulations pertaining to swimming facility construction and operation.
  • Inspected pool facilities to ensure that building codes were met.
  • Prepared and implemented a year-round preventive maintenance program.
  • Participated in new construction of swimming pool facilities; reviewed blue prints and recommended necessary revisions to meet safety codes.
  • Oversaw replacement of gas chlorine systems with a dry chlorine (pellet) system to eliminate the risk of a major accident.

Program Supervisor (Assistant Aquatic Director), 1983 - 1993

Lifeguard/Pool Manager, 1980 - 1983

1992 - 1995, Concordia University, Austin

Instructor, Physical Education Department

  • Instructed swimming and conditioning, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and emergency cardiac care, and first aid and safety classes.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science, Concordia University, Austin, 1993

Certifications

  • Lifeguard Training Instructor (LGI)
  • Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • Certified Pool Operator (CFO)

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Past president of the National Aquatic Branch of National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).
  • Board Member of the National Aquatic Council, 1999 - 2007
  • National Aquatic Conference Educational Chair, 2001 - 2003
  • Speaker at the National Management School, the National Aquatics Conference, the Texas Public Pool Council, the California Aquatic Management School, and the World Aquatic Health Conference.
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Concordia University, Austin, 2001
  • Alumni President, Concordia University, Austin, 2002
  • Winner of the 1999 and 2005 National Parks and Recreation Association’s Excellence in Aquatics Award
  • Named by the International Aquatics Magazine, one of the Top 25 Most Influential Aquatics Professionals in the United States, 2005
  • International Aquatic Foundation board of Directors, 2005
  • Member of United Stated Lifeguarding Coalition representing NRPA Aquatic Branch, 2006 - 2008
  • 2011 Paragon Award for Contribution to Aquatic Safety in the World
  • Named by the International Aquatics Magazine, one of the Top 25 Most Influential Aquatics Professionals of the past 25 years in the United States, 2013

Conference Presentations

  • Create Your Own Audit Program, NRPA Aquatic Branch Conference
  • Let’s Gain Control of the National Standards, NRPA Aquatic Branch Conference
  • Marketing USA, Texas Public Pool Council Conference
  • Customer Service in Aquatic Facilities, California Aquatic Conference
  • Secrets to your Success as an Aquatic Professional, NRPA National Management School
  • Who Controls National Standards, NRPA National Management School
  • Aquatic Staff Recruitment, World Aquatics Health Conference