There’s a new way to make a living in action sports

Traveling the world and surfing everyday sounds like the dream, although most of us lack the ability and the talent to compete amongst the greats like Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning.

Yet action sports are gaining wide-spread popularity and new footage of athletes snowboarding, doing big airs or shredding Teahupoo is always in demand.

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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.

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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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