Yet action sports are gaining wide-spread popularity and new footage of athletes snowboarding, doing big airs or shredding Teahupoo is always in demand.
Birds-eye footage like that taken from drones has created breathtaking visuals featured by the likes of John John Florence in View from a Blue Moon and SURFING‘s “Hawaii du Ciel” camera which monitors Hawaii’s North Shore.
Now, a college in Long Island, New York, is offering students the chance to receive a minor in drone operations, which could be used towards a job in action sports that is slightly removed from the action.
Just imagine getting a first-person view of a 40-foot barrel firing at Pe’ahi without the inherent danger of drowning.
Dowling College just launched its first-semester offering drone operations as a minor and the classes filled up quickly.
Drones that weigh more than 55 pounds still require the drone operator to have a pilot’s license but the amount of jobs available is quickly outstripping the amount of qualified people, according to the New York Post.
Adjunct professor and FAA-designated commercial-drone operator Jim Record told the Post that students could make up to six figures in less than five years with a commercial license.
While it may not be as glamorous as becoming a professional surfer, at least it’s something that can be taught.
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