Feather Fall

Level: Mage 1; Components: V; Casting Time: See text; Range: Close (25 ft. + 5 ft./2 levels); Targets: Any free-falling objects or creatures in a 10-ft. radius whose weight does not total more than 300 lb./level; Duration: Until landing or 1 round/level; Saving Throw: Will negates (harmless) or Will negates (object); Spell Resistance: Yes (object)
The creatures or objects affected fall slowly. The rate of falling is instantly changed to a mere 60 feet per round, with no damage incurred upon landing while the spell is in effect. However, when the spell duration ceases, a normal rate of fall resumes.
The character can cast this spell with an instant utterance, quickly enough to save him or herself if he or she unexpectedly falls. Casting the spell is a free action.
This spell has no effect on ranged weapons unless they are falling quite a distance. If the spell is cast on a falling item the item does half normal damage based on weight with no bonus for the height of the drop.
The spell works only upon free-falling objects. It does not affect melee weapon attacks or charging or flying creatures.