Why use a training dummy instead of actual people?

25 July 2019

LOTUS-victims and actors are indispensible for a successful training. They allow students to practice their skills on real people. Since the victim adequately reacts to the assistance provided, the reality is approached as closely as possible. And yet, there are situations in which a training dummy is the better option for your scenario. Below, we provide five reasons that may support your choice of a training dummy instead of a real-life dummy.


There are certain scenarios, like water rescue trainings or rescues from a height that may endanger the volunteer’s safety. In those cases, it is a sensible choice to avoid the risk of injuries and enter a training dummy into your scenario.

When students are learning new skills, this also justifies the use of a training dummy in your scenario. This avoids making costly mistakes and minimises any injuries resulting thereof.

Real-life feeling

The Ruth Lee training dummies, available in our web shop, are anatomically correct in their design. The body weight of the dummy feels very natural; therefore, the dummy will appear like an unconscious victim. An instructor doesn’t need to worry about the safety of an actual actor and the students can fully focus on the training without having to fear they might actually endanger the life of the victim. Training dummies are available in sizes from baby versions to obese victims. Visit our web shop and explore the options!

Solid and sustainable

The solid construction and the carefully chosen materials are the perfect ingredients to extend the training dummy’s lifespan. That is why rescue workers have trusted in Ruth Lee for many years now. Contrary to the training dummies that are (partially) made of plastic, these training dummies can handle the rough! Try it yourself and toss the dummy out the window on the second floor. Or try burying it under a pile of debris and running it over with a 4x4!

No more bruises!

Another advantage of training dummies that are not made of plastic is the reduced risk of pinching and bruising because of the soft limbs. When using plastic manikins, the rescue workers often end up injuring themselves.

Act upon your gut feeling

Sometimes it can be very useful to teach your students the ins and outs by using a training dummy. Mistakes do happen and how awful would it be if someone got injured during an exercise which was intended to help train people to save lives?! Should things go south, only the manikin will suffer. When the students are known to be skilled, there is always the option of asking a volunteer to participate. He or she will immediately reflect on the techniques applied!

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