Milo Activity Guide: Kitesurfing and water use

This guide outlines our recommendations for mounting and configuration, so you have the best Milo experience during on-water activities, such as kitesurfing.

Milo Clips and Mounting

For optimal audio and connection quality, it's crucial to mount Milo near each user's head and in a location that is as unobstructed as possible.

  • If you're wearing a backpack or a flotation vest (PFV), use the action clips to attach Milo to one of the straps, positioning it near your upper chest or shoulder area. 
  • For helmet wearers, find a stable location for the action clip on the chin straps, ensuring it's close to ear and mouth. 
  • In the absence of such gear, the Milo collar clip is advisable. 
  • Regardless of the chosen clip, always also use the lanyard for added security. If needed, you can replace the lanyard installed by default with the longer one (included with each Milo) and wear it around your neck.
    • If you use only the long lanyard to wear the Milo, ensure that you pull the lanyard adjuster upwards to position the Milo close to the user's head. Leaving the Milo low on the user can impact both audio quality and connection performance.
  • Read more about mounts here.

Volume and Speaker Boost mode

  • Kitesurfing can be a very noisy activity, challenging for noise cancellation that is tuned for a broad range of environments
  • Consider using headphones, like the waterproof Shokz Bluetooth headsets. Read more about accessories here.
  • Enable and use Milo's Volume Boost mode for the built-in Milo speaker. This turns up volume a lot, so be considerate to your environment. Read about Volume Boost here.

Water Clearing

  • Water can collect in Milo's speaker cavity, thereby dampening the audio and making it harder to hear others
  • Enable Water Clearing mode to make it easier to clear out water during your activity
  • Read more about how to clear water from your Milo, including enabling and using the Water Clearing mode here 


  • Mount the Milo as close to your head/ mouth/ ears as possible
  • To deal with water that can accumulate in the speaker cavity, we also recommend positioning Milos pointy-end down during water use to assist in draining any water
  • Read more about mounting Milos here, here, and here

Communication during instruction

  • Because Milos are not short-range Bluetooth communication devices, there is some minor latency (delay) in audio communication. The delay is typically less than 1s, and it's sometimes dynamic: with a small number of Milo group members that are in good line of sight, you should experience less latency than you would with a larger group with members far away from each other.

General success guidelines

  • Always run the most recent software on all your Milos. Check for updates, and update if not on latest version.
  • With all mounts and clips, always use a lanyard for secondary backup security, in case your Milo comes loose. Look at videos here for ideas on how to secure the lanyard with different clips.
  • Always clean and dry your Milos after water use. This is especially important when used around salt water. Read more here about how to care for your Milos when using around water
  • Read more about general water use here