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Allow the kinks and the residual twisting stress to come out of the tether. This can be done by starting at the ROV, with the tether laying in your palm, and slowly walking down the length of the tether, allowing excess twists to unwind. Continue doing this until the tether doesn't seem to be untwisting any more.

Optionally, mark the tether every 10 meters or so, starting at the ROV end. This can be done with small pieces of electrical tape, inserted between the wire twists and taped against themselves. Write on the tape the running length of the tether.