Firstly yeah, Shadow 2 or Phantom 3 are perfect for beginner, or a Tonysuit Intro/T Bird.
Nobody mentioned skipping the rules now, or CCIs overriding them. The currency rule was introduced with first flights in mind and although the wording of the ops manual says that you can't have WS1 without the required currency, obviously it is possible to obtain WS1 (and WS2 for that matter) and then slip out of the currency requirement before you get to 500 jumps as time passes.
As with many areas in the ops manual, there is not 100% clarity which requires CCIs to use their professional judgement. A common sense approach has to be applied and most CCIs have some of that thankfully.
For those that can't be arsed to look it up:
"6.9. Wing Suit (WS)
6.9.1. To obtain Grade 1 in Wing Suit (WS1) flying, the parachutist must be a ‘C’ Licence holder with at least 500 descents or at least 200 descents within the previous 18 months and must demonstrate (in a belly to earth position, as in 6.4.1. above) the ability to:
a) Control fall rate and turn in place.
b) Dive and approach a target and achieve docking techniques.
c) Break-off turn and track away to obtain clear airspace for deployment.
d) Maintain good altitude awareness throughout the skydive.
e) Control horizontal movement (forwards, backwards and sideways).
6.9.2. The parachutist may then be introduced to WS (for WS1 training) by a CCI/Advanced Instructor nominated WS2 Grade parachutist or equivalent of proven WS instructional ability, have received a full safety brief and demonstrated the ability to:
a) Complete out at least one descent using a training wing suit/tracking suit (parachutists with less than 500 descents).
b) Fly the wing suit safely and in a controlled manner (with overall stability) on at least three descents.
c) Deploy the main parachute in a safe wing suit manner (at the correct altitude) on at least three descents.
d) Fly a predetermined flight pattern and land within 50 metres of the target.
e) Demonstrate the correct post opening procedures on all qualifying descents.
6.9.3. Once WS1 has been obtained, the parachutist must not make WS descents with others without CCI approval, (a log book endorsement will suffice) and initially only small groups (e.g. 2-3 ways).
6.9.4. To obtain Grade 2 in Wing Suit (WS2) the parachutist must be Grade 1 in WS (WS1) and be introduced to WS2 by a CCI/Advanced Instructor nominated WS2 Grade parachutist or equivalent of proven WS instructional ability, have received a full safety brief and demonstrated the ability to:
a) Control fall rate, by arching/de arching and use of wings.
b) Control of horizontal movement: forwards, backwards (slowing down relative to others) and sideways.
c) Maintain control whilst flying suit at it’s best and least effective capabilities.
d) Recover from an unstable exit and continue on correct flight path.
e) Dive and approach a target.
f) Land within 25 metres of the target on 5 consecutive descents.
6.9.5. Once WS2 has been obtained, the parachutist may jump with groups larger than 3 with CCI approval (a log book endorsement will suffice).
N.B.(1) Training programmes such as those contained in the BPA Wing Suit Training Manual are acceptable for training for WS1 & WS2, provided all the requirements of sub-para 6.9. (above) are met.
N.B.(2) The qualifications to become a WS coach may be found on BPA Form 134E."